How to make espresso martini

Easy peasy and totally delicious, here's our go-to espresso martini recipe...

Espresso martini
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We have officially entered 'sod it, it's Christmas' season. Which means we cannot be held accountable for anything we do, buy, eat or drink. Order 10 different velvet, glittery outfits? 'Sod it, it's Christmas'. Get through a 12 pack of mince pies in one viewing of The Holiday? 'Sod it, it's Christmas'. Learn how to make a fab, super easy espresso martini so you can live off them for the rest of December? Well, obviously, 'sod it, it's Christmas.'

So to help you out with the whole living off espresso martinis thing or probably more sensibly, to serve on occasion at Christmas parties, we have come up with the quickest, easiest recipe so you can make this iconic cocktail in just three easy steps...

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You will need: 

  • Caster sugar 
  • Vodka
  • Freshly brewed coffee
  • Coffee liqueur
  • Coffee beans
  • Ice
  • Cocktail shaker 

Step one: make the sugar syrup 

Firstly, make the sugar syrup. For enough syrup for two to three cocktails you will need 100g of sugar. Put the sugar in a small pan and add 150ml of water and bring it to the boil, keep stirring as it starts to bubble. You don't want it to crystallise, so once it's boiled and all the sugar has melted, take off the heat and allow to cool.

Step two: mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker

Start by pouring one tbsp of the now cooled sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker and then add a handful of ice. For two cocktails, pour in 100ml of vodka, 50ml of cold coffee (freshly brewed is best but a good quality instant coffee works just as well) and 50ml of coffee liqueur. Shake until your arms ache – or just until the cocktail is well mixed and the shaker feels really cold. 

Step three: sieve and serve

All that is left to do is strain your cocktail into some gorgeous glasses and serve. You can garnish them with a few coffee beans or a sprinkling of coco powder. 

Told you it was easy. Cheers!

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