Learning how to make a Vodka Espresso will probably take you longer than actually making this fabulous martini-like cocktail. Both martinis and specialty coffees like espresso have enjoyed a synchronous resurgence in popularity since the turn of the millennia. Why not combine the two old-time favorites into a deliciously modern cocktail delight? Although, be careful calling this cocktail a martini. Martini purists insist that if it doesn’t contain vermouth, it’s not a martini. Vermouth really would not mix well with the ingredients in a Vodka Espresso.
Ingredients for a Vodka Espresso:
- Cappuccino liqueur
- Simple syrup
- Martini or cocktail glasses
- Brew one cup of espresso. Alternatively, you can use an espresso-flavored or iced cappuccino drink. If you choose this method, eliminate the simple syrup.
- While espresso is cooling, chill cocktail glasses. The best method is to simply place the glasses in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
- Mix 1 oz. cooled espresso, 1 oz. vodka, ½ oz. cappuccino liqueur, and a splash of simple syrup.
- Serve the Vodka Espresso in chilled cocktail glass garnished with whole coffee beans or a mint leaf.
If you choose to use an espresso-flavored or cappuccino drink instead of real espresso, don’t forget to eliminate the simple syrup. Otherwise, your Vodka Espresso cocktail will be painfully sweet.
To make your own simple syrup, simply combine one cup of hot water with one cup of sugar. Shake until all sugar is dissolved. Store in an airtight container or refrigerate to have this common bar staple available whenever you want to make Vodka Espresso cocktails.