- 2 oz vodka
- 1 oz espresso
- 1 oz vanilla syrup
- Espresso beans (for garnish)
- Brew the espresso and let it cool.
- In a shaker, combine the vodka, cooled espresso, vanilla syrup, and ice.
- Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with a few espresso beans.
What makes Espresso Vanilla Martini Cocktail drink special: The combination of espresso and vanilla syrup adds a unique flavor profile to the classic vodka martini, making it a perfect after-dinner drink. The espresso also adds a caffeine kick, making it a great pick-me-up cocktail.
History of the drink: The Espresso Martini was invented in the 1980s by a London bartender named Dick Bradsell. The story goes that a famous model asked for a drink that would “wake her up and then f*** her up”. Bradsell combined espresso, vodka, and a little sugar to create the drink we know today. The addition of vanilla syrup is a modern twist on the classic recipe.
- Can I use any type of vodka for this cocktail? Yes, you can use any type of vodka that you prefer.
- Can I use instant coffee instead of espresso? While you can use instant coffee, it won’t have the same rich and complex flavor as fresh espresso.
- What type of vanilla syrup should I use? You can use store-bought vanilla syrup or make your own by combining equal parts sugar and water with vanilla extract.
- Can I make this cocktail without a shaker? You can, but a shaker is recommended to ensure that the ingredients are properly mixed and chilled.
- Can I use decaf espresso? Yes, you can use decaf espresso if you prefer.
- Is this cocktail sweet? The sweetness of the cocktail can be adjusted based on the amount of vanilla syrup used.
- Can I use flavored vodka instead of plain vodka? While you can use flavored vodka, it may change the overall flavor profile of the cocktail.
- Can I make this cocktail in advance? It’s best to make this cocktail fresh to ensure that the flavors are at their best.
- Can I use a different type of glass for this cocktail? You can use a different type of glass, but a classic martini glass is recommended.
- Can I skip the espresso beans garnish? You can skip the garnish if you prefer, but it adds a nice touch and complements the flavor of the cocktail.