This cocktail recipe is calling your name, coffee lovers! The delicious Coffee Martini recipe is a refreshing cocktail that teases you with a subtle coffee taste with each delightful sip.
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What’s in a coffee Martini?
This cocktail isn’t for a lightweight drinker who enjoys a simple wine spritzer. The only mixer is coffee and the other flavors are all alcoholic.
You’ll need these spirits as well as coffee to make this tasty coffee martini cocktail:
You will also need cold coffee, a cocktail shaker, martini glasses and a measuring jigger.
Origin of a Coffee Martini
This coffee-lovers drink is sometimes also called a café martini or an espresso martini. However, the espresso version contains sugar and espresso instead of plain cold coffee.
Most café martini recipes also contain Irish cream. The coffee martini featuring Kahlua, Angelico and Vodka seems to be a modern day interpretation of the espresso martini.
All in all, coffee cocktails make a great gateway into Specialty coffee for people who otherwise would not end up in that arena.
They are also a way for people like me (who don’t drink coffee) to enjoy the subtle taste of coffee filtered by other flavors.
Coffee Chocolate Martini
Frangelico is a hazelnut and herb flavored liqueur that is produced in Italy. This gives a nutty flavor to the martini. Kahlua is a coffee liqueur that adds a more subtle coffee flavor.
With the addition of vodka and cold coffee, it’s hard to decide whether it’s a drink or a dessert. One thing for sure is that it is a coffee lovers dream.
Making the Coffee Martini
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the alcohol and cold coffee. Give it a very good shake and then strain it out into martini glasses.
The drink is served neat and very cold, but not over ice. This gives it the look of a dark martini.
How to garnish a vodka coffee cocktail
I have seen coffee martinis garnished with a few coffee beans. Since I am not a coffee lover, and this would really applea to anyone who needs a boozy coffee fix!
Since I am not a coffee lover, (but do love sweets!) I garnish mine with Piroulines which are hazelnut chocolate logs.
I cut a log in half and place each half on a long cocktail stick or bamboo skewer. This allows it to sit in the martini glass but above the drink.
The bottom half of the hazelnut log seeps in the alcoholic mixture and the top is crisp and crunchy. The best of both worlds!
If you like dessert type drinks, you will also love this caramel apple martini.
Coffee Martini Drink Profile
- Type of drink – spirit based
- Cocktail type – classic
- How to serve – neat up in a martini glass
- Preparation – shaken
- Strength – medium
- Difficulty – easy
- Brands – Absolut, Kahlua, Frangelico
- When to serve – After dinner or as a nightcap
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Admin note: this post first appeared on the blog in October of 2013. I have updated the post to add all new photos, more info on the cocktail, a printable recipe card and a video for you to enjoy.
- 2 oz of cold coffee
- 1 oz Kahlua
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz of Frangelico
- 1/2 Piriouline
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Mix together the cold coffee with the Kahlua, vodka and Frangelico.
- Shake the mixture thoroughly.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with 1/2 pirouline log.
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Serving Size:1 cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 23.6gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0.3g
Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.
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