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Espresso Martini

Tonight I decided to combine a couple of my own infused liqueurs — coffee bourbon and vanilla vodka — to make a new cocktail. Actually, this is based on a recipe I once got off the label of a bottle Starbucks coffee liqueur, which became one of my favorite winter cocktails. It’s something you can sip by the fire, but it’s not too over-the-top, like a hot buttered rum (although, man, those are tasty).

espresso martini

Espresso machine not required.

After just a little tweaking, it was perfect… although I think next time I’d use Kahlúa instead of wasting any of my precious coffee bourbon on anything other than a coffee bourbon milkshake. Cheers!

Espresso Martini
Serves: 1
  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur, such as Kahlúa
  • ½ oz simple syrup*
  1. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass.
* To taste; this will depend on how sweet your vanilla vodka is to begin with. Since I made my own and added very little sugar to the infusion, mine needed a bit more sweetness. if you use store-bought vanilla vodka and Kahlúa, you may not need to add any sweetness at all.


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6 Thoughts on “Espresso Martini

  1. Yum! I think we are due for another batch of coffee bourbon around here too… Cheers~
    Alicia recently posted..Pear & Cranberry LiqueurMy Profile

  2. I have seen homemade infused liqueurs before but have never tried to make any myself because I lack patience when it comes to things in the kitchen (one of the reasons I vary rarely make any bread especially if it has to rise for a long time). But I should give it ago because this sounds like they make the perfect drink!
    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions recently posted..Giveaway: Stubb’s BBQ Sauce and Marinade Prize PackMy Profile

    • I was skeptical at first, too, but it really does offer a lot of bang for your (active) time. All you have to do is mix some stuff together and then put it in a cabinet and forget about it for a while. Being patient is the hardest part!

  3. We’ve been wanting to make an espresso martini for awhile. This is a great simple recipe, thanks.
    Greg recently posted..Savory Baked ApplesMy Profile

  4. Mmmm this looks and sounds like it would be really wonderful!
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