Happy Hour: How to Make The Perfect Espresso Martini

espresso martini recipe

I got the best cure for the Monday Blues on Monday night as I attended a masterclass at the Intercontinental Melbourne dedicated to the art of the Espresso Martini. The event was held to celebrate ‘International Coffee day’ and it pretty much combined all of my favorite things in life: high tea treats, coffee, and cocktails!

Our lovely teachers first showed us how to make two versions of the espresso martini and then we each got to make our own – with varying degrees of success (let’s just say my second cocktail turned out much better than the first one). I did pick up some great tips along the way though so if you’d like to make your own killer espresso martini at home check out the two recipes below! You could also go further and host a similar ‘high coffee’ for your friends at home with espresso martinis, mini sandwiches and cakes…now, how fabulous would that be?

Alternatively, you could just head over to Market Lane Bar and treat yourself to a cocktail there. It’s Friday after all :)

xx Pearl

The classic espresso martini

20 ml Vodka
20 ml Kahlua
20ml Frangelico
1 shot (30ml) chilled espresso

Instructions

Prepare a shot of espresso and let it chill.
Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.
Shake well for a minute or two.
Strain into a martini glass.

Enjoy!

Tips:

♥ Chill your martini glass with a bit of ice before making your cocktail.

♥ Don’t be afraid to shake the cocktail very hard. It’s what will give you that beautiful coffee cream at the top of your glass. Don’t shake for too long though as otherwise the ice will dilute the cocktail too much. A couple of minutes does the trick!

♥ If you don’t have Frangelico then simply use 10ml of sugar syrup instead. Or you could forgo both syrup and Frangelico and double the amount of vodka instead.

♥ Garnish your drink with either coffee beans or a sprinkle of granulated coffee.

♥ If you feel like something a little different then try the recipe below!

The Espresso Honey martini

30 ml Whiskey
30ml Kahlua
20ml of honey syrup*
1 shot (30ml) chilled espresso

*To make honey syrup simply dilute syrup with boiling water. Do not use straight honey as it will just harden in the ice and not blend in properly with the other ingredients. (You can also dilute it directly into the espresso)

Instructions

Prepare a shot of espresso and let it chill.
Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake well for a minute or two.
Strain into a martini glass.

Enjoy!

espresso martini class how to make an espresso martini The lovely Sarah who was sitting next to me totally nailed her first martini.So pretty!

high tea selection

Happy Friday!

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