Making (And Not Breaking) Espresso Martinis

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There’s an old adage that suggests civilization was built on coffee and alcohol. If that is true, then the Espresso Martini might be the world’s most civilized cocktail! Being one of the most popular martinis on the planet, the espresso martini sipping experience is different for everyone. Your job is to make sure that your experience is a good one.

While it is surprisingly easy to make, you will actually want to make one with an unforgettably great taste. So, you will want to pay extra attention to the espresso martini ingredients that you choose. This is a drink where what you use can make or break the cocktail.

Top Tier Ingredients Are Crucial

A great espresso martini starts with high-quality ingredients. Martinis can be made with different types of liquor, but vodka martinis are one of the most popular kinds that people consume. As vodka is the most consumed liquor in the U.S., it makes sense that martinis made with vodka continue to grow in popularity. So, vodka-based espresso martinis are a popular favorite.

You want to start with a high-grade vodka. Vodkas that are top quality have undergone a rigorous distillery process. The more distilled the liquor is, the more impurities have been removed from the liquor. You want the purest vodka that you can find.

Another important component of espresso martinis is the coffee liqueur. Tried and trusted coffee liqueurs, such as Kahlua, are a good choice. The flavorful hints of vanilla and sugar will actually help you create a superior espresso martini.

Last, but certainly not least, is the ingredient that gives the martini its name: espresso. Coffees like espresso tend to be highly personal for people. While some prefer a strong espresso flavor, others may want to use an espresso that is more muted. However, if you prefer espresso, make sure it’s true espresso and not plain coffee. Espresso has a lot more caffeine than regular coffee and the flavor will reflect that. You will also need a true espresso to counter the vodka flavor and provide the perfect balance for an exquisite espresso martini.

Bringing It All Together

If you have ever been told that recipes are suggestions as opposed to rules, that concept definitely applies to espresso martinis. While vodka, Kahlua, and espresso are must-haves, you can play around with the ratio of liquids to suit your palate. However, there are techniques that you should not skip over to make the perfect espresso martini.

Once you combine the three liquids, do not forget to use a cocktail shaker before you pour it. Giving these ingredients a final shake will yield a nice and frothy top layer that is vital for a proper (and tasty) espresso martini. Otherwise, the drink will be a lot flatter than it should be. You will want to strain it into the cup, particularly if you brewed your own espresso (you don’t want the grounds mucking up the final product). 

That’s all there is to it! You can make an amazing espresso martini in your own kitchen. Using these tips, it’s a good bet that those martinis will be a big, delicious hit.