Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini
Espresso Martini. Photo cropped from an original shot by Ewan Munro.

This week’s Cocktail of the Week is the Espresso Martini.

The cocktail is made in two parts. Firstly, you need 100g of golden caster sugar for the sugar syrup which you make by putting the caster sugar in a small pan over a medium heat and pour in 50ml water. Stir, and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool.

Next, put 2 martini glasses in the fridge to chill while you prepare the cocktail itself.

For the cocktail, you need:

  • 100ml vodka
  • 50ml freshly brewed espresso coffee
  • 50ml coffee liqueur (suggestion: Kahlua)
  • Ice
  • 4 coffee beans (optional)

Wait until the sugar syrup is cold, and then pour 1 tbsp into a cocktail shaker along with a handful of ice, the vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur.

Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold before straining into the chilled glasses.

If you like, you can garnish each one with the coffee beans.