In a world where coffee and cocktails intersect, two drinks reign supreme: the Espresso Martini and the Coffee Negroni. These caffeinated concoctions offer the perfect blend of classic cocktail flavors with the delightful zing of espresso.
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to master these beverages in your home bar.
Espresso Martini: The Velvet Sophisticate
The Espresso Martini is a sumptuous blend of coffee, vodka, and coffee liqueur. It offers a sophisticated combination of strong, sweet, and creamy flavors.
- 1 oz freshly brewed espresso
- 1 1/2 oz vodka
- 1 oz coffee liqueur (like Kahlúa)
- Ice cubes
- Coffee beans for garnish
- Brew a fresh shot of espresso using high-quality coffee beans.
- While your espresso is brewing, chill a martini glass by filling it with ice or placing it in the freezer.
- In a shaker, add the freshly brewed espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds.
- Remove the ice from your chilled martini glass. Strain the shaken mixture into the glass.
- Add a few coffee beans on top for the perfect finishing touch.
Coffee Negroni: The Bittersweet Virtuoso
The Coffee Negroni is an invigorating twist on the classic Negroni cocktail. It incorporates cold brew coffee into the traditional recipe for a complex, bittersweet experience.
- 1 oz gin
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- 1 oz cold brew coffee
- Orange peel for garnish
- If you don’t have a pre-made cold brew, you can make some by steeping coarsely ground coffee in cold water for about 12-24 hours. Strain before using.
- Place a glass in the freezer or fill it with ice to chill.
- In a mixing glass, combine gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, and cold brew coffee. Add ice and stir well for about 20-30 seconds.
- Remove the ice from your chilled rocks glass. Strain the mixture into the glass.
- Twist a piece of orange peel over the drink to release its oils, then drop it into the glass.
Both the Espresso Martini and Coffee Negroni are delightful ways to enjoy the rich and complex flavors that coffee can bring to cocktails.
Whether you’re in the mood for something creamy and indulgent or prefer a more bittersweet tipple, these recipes have got you covered.