Cheers to the holidays with this delicious Espresso Martini!! Here is one of my favorite cocktails that is perfect for any time of the year, but I find myself sipping on them the most around the holiday season.
This traditional recipe is a cold, coffee-infused cocktail made with vodka, hot espresso coffee, coffee liqueur, and sugar syrup (aka simple syrup) and served up in a martini glass or coupe (which is what I chose to serve mine in here). And I know it seems strange to shake hot espresso with the ice and other ingredients since this is a cold cocktail, but trust me here! The heat combining with the other ingredients helps to create the delicious foam we all love and since you will shake until you can’t hold the ice-cold shaker anymore, I promise your drink will still end up icy cold. And if you really want to ensure your drink is perfectly chilled, you can even fill your serving glass with ice and pop it in the fridge as you make your cocktail then empty the ice out once you’re ready to serve your cocktail.
No matter if it’s for the holidays or not, this is the perfect pick-me-up to either kick off the night OR to sip on post-dinner instead of (or with) your dessert. Enjoy!!
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- 3 oz vodka (or 2 "big jiggers" full, I use Titos)
- 1 oz kahlua (1 "small jigger" full)
- 1 oz simple syrup (1 "small jigger" full)
- 1.5 oz large hot espresso (or 1 "big jiggers" full, see note for why it needs to be hot!)
- Fill a cocktail shaker full of ice. Add the vodka, kahlua, simple syrup and hot espresso. Close, seal and shake until very cold (at least 20 seconds).
- Place the strainer on top of the shaker and pour the contents through a sieve (optional) and directly into the glass.