Updated: Feb 21
If you find yourself asking: "Do I need a coffee, or do I need a shot?", then think no more. Have an espresso martini. My recipe has mostly coffee, but with a good punch of vodka and coffee liquor. You could use more vodka if you wanted - use a double per serving instead of a single like this recipe.
2020 has made day drinking a lot more acceptable, and it has also made people try out different cocktails at home as we saw bars close. I had plenty of time to perfect my espresso martini recipe. I think it is the perfect cocktail and it is so versatile. I like it in the afternoon, but also after dinner if you cannot choose between a coffee or more booze!
My recipe does not add simple syrup like most, because I find the coffee liquor that I use (Kahlua) is already very sweet. That being said, if you prefer your espresso martini sweeter or you like to drink your coffee with sugar anyways, I recommend adding 2 teaspoons of sugar syrup to the recipe.
Makes 2 drinks
100 ml (2x double shot measure) freshly brewed espresso
50 ml (double shot) vodka
50 ml (double shot) coffee liquor (for example Kahlua or Tia Maria)
6 espresso beans
1 cup of ice cubes
Optional: 2 tsp sugar syrup for people that like sugar in their coffee
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, adding the ice last. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain the drink into two cold martini glasses of your choice. Top the cocktail with 3 espresso beans each in a triangle.
For a twist on this recipe, try adding some hazelnut liquor like Frangelico by swapping half of the coffee liquor.