Enjoying an Espresso Martini
An espresso martini is one of the more well-known drinks served today. The popularity of the many hot and cold coffee beverages seems to increase each day. Even major fast food chains now offer chilled and hot lattes, cappuccinos and other coffee drinks. Interestingly, many bars and restaurants are also seeing a high demand for cocktails that offer the same flavors as the many coffee beverages and becoming very popular.
This type of martini can be made in a large number of ways, but the best rely on actual espresso for the flavor and kick of caffeine. Most are a creamy, sweet cocktail that delivers a nice amount of coffee flavor and which can serve well as an after dinner/dessert beverage.
A simple recipe for an espresso martini follows:
Fill a shaker with ice and pour in a single demitasse cup of cold espresso, one ounce of white crème de cacao, one and a half ounces of vodka and one and a half ounces of coffee liqueur. This is shaken together, and strained into a chilled martini or cocktail glass. Many bartenders will dampen the edge of the glass with a simple syrup and dip it into cocoa or another chocolate flavored substance to give the drinker an additional level of flavor and sweetness. It is also important to make the espresso a day, or at least several hours, in advance in order for it to cool completely and not affect the final results.
Naturally, this is not the only recipe being used today. Many use other alcoholic ingredients and some remove the cream or dairy products altogether. It is a good idea to experiment with a few versions if you are going to put this type of martini on the menu for an upcoming dinner or gathering that you will be hosting. The wide range of flavors and results possible with this type of martini make it one of the more flexible specialty drinks.
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