Sip, savour, and celebrate the upcoming holidays with this Peppermint Espresso Martini.
Okay, who's a fan of the popular mint and coffee flavour combo? Think the seasonal Peppermint Latte from your favourite coffee shop. If your answer is yes, you're my kind of people. If you're more of a tea person, you'll probably like my London Fog Snickerdoodles more.
Anyway, now that we've gotten rid of the tea drinkers, us cool people can start talking coffee. This cocktail is a dressed-up version of everyone's favourite night-out cocktail. Think: an espresso martini with an ugly Christmas sweater on.
Whether you have a night full of holiday activities planned or a happy hour at home catching up with some of your favourite - coffee-drinking - people, you have to try this Peppermint Espresso Martini out.
Peppermint Espresso Martini
Makes 1 drink
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce candy cane simple syrup (see below)
1 ounce espresso
1 ounce cream liqueur (like Bailey's)
melted chocolate, or Nutella
1 candy cane, crushed
Candy Cane Simple Syrup
To make the candy cane simple syrup, break up 5 small peppermint candy canes. Place a small pot with 1 cup of water and the brown candy canes on medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and bring the heat down to medium and let simmer for 10 minutes or until the liquid has started to thicken and candy canes have dissipated, stirring occasionally. Let cool for 5 minutes before using in cocktail.
Step 1: Garnish & Freeze
To begin, rim half the top of a martini glass with melted chocolate or Nutella. Dip the chocolate-rimmed glass in small candy cane pieces. Place upside down in your freezer and let chill for 15 minutes before making the cocktail.
Step 2: Shaken, not stirred
In a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, candy cane simple syrup, cream liqueur, and espresso. Seal and shake for 20 seconds. Then, fill the shaker with ice, seal and shake until the shake is completely chilled on the outside, about 1 minute. The mixture should be somewhat frothy. Strain into the chilled martini glass and enjoy!
Tried this recipe?
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