Start to finish: 10 minutes
- Difficulty: Beginner
Ah, the martini. No longer a simple concoction of gin or vodka and vermouth, this classic cocktail has evolved into a libation that requires its own menu in some upscale establishments. Legend has it that the espresso martini came about in the 1980s when a bartender was asked to make a cocktail that would wake his customer up. The classic version is still favored, but just like flavored coffees, this martini has many extra variations.
For the Classic
Extras for the Variations
1 tablespoon Chambord or other raspberry liqueur
1/2 ounce amaretto
- 1/2 teaspoon toasted slivered almonds
1/4 ounce creme de menthe
1 mint sprig
- 3 Junior Mints
Shake It Up
In a chilled shaker, combine the vodka, Kahlua, espresso and ice; shake vigorously.
Spread the Demerara in a saucer and dip the rim of a chilled martini glass into the sugar.
Strain the mixture into the glass and garnish. Drizzle the top of the drink with heavy cream -- in a pattern of your choice -- and garnish with four espresso coffee beans.
Whisk the heavy cream with a little powdered sugar for even more decadence. Don't use canned whipped cream; it takes away from the elegance of the cocktail.
Variations on a Theme
Chambord, a liqueur flavored with red and black raspberries and a hint of Madagascar vanilla, was a favorite with the decadent King Louis XIV. You won't need more than a tablespoon of this divine concoction to give flavor to your martini. Shake it with the other ingredients, strain it all into the rimmed glass, then sprinkle a few drops of the raspberry delight over the cream topping. Garnish with three small fresh raspberries.
For a variation of the classic toasted almond cocktail, make a nutty espresso martini. Substitute half the Kahlua with amaretto liqueur, add half the heavy cream to the other ingredients and shake with abandon. Strain into the rimmed glass and garnish with the remaining heavy cream and slivered -- preferably toasted -- almonds.
Be in Mint Condition
Oh, it's chocolate, it's minty and it has caffeine. What more could a cocktail lover want? Let creme de menthe stand in for half the Kahlua and shake it all up. Strain it into your rimmed glass, then top it with heavy cream and three Junior mints.
If you're feeling really ambitious, rim your glass with crushed after-dinner peppermints. Just a thought.
Espresso martinis are deceptive. The caffeine may keep that intoxicated feeling at bay. Drink responsibly.