Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Espresso-ly Good

Martinis come in many flavors that sound yummy. However, I'm usually not crazy about the taste when I try them because alcohol is often the strongest flavor. I'm not opposed to alcohol...a nice shot of tequilla or whiskey is good on occassion but I'm not big on foofoo drinks either. I just haven't found a martini that I really like...until now.

Hubby took me out to dinner last Friday where a martini being served at another table caught my eye. It turned out to be an Espresso Martini. It looked so good that I ordered one for dessert. I'm glad I did. It was the best martini I've ever had.

It was so good that we wanted to re-create it. So, we went to the store to gather the ingredients: vanilla vodka, Kahlua, espresso simple syrup, and half-and-half cream. We were successful with everything but the espresso syrup. So, I came home and made some. I put a half cup of water into a small sauce pan, heated it, added about two teaspoons of espresso powder and stirred until it was disolved. Next, I added one cup of sugar and stirred until it was disolved. I poured the syrup into a jar to cool.

Later, I poured the following into a shaker of ice:

1 ounce vanilla vodka (we used Stoli Vanil...It's very good)
2 ounces Kahlua
1 ounce of half-and-half
1/2 to 3/4 ounce of espresso syrup - We tried about 3/4 ounce in one drink and 1/2 ounce in another and they were both good. So, add what tastes best. It can be left out but it will have a stronger alcohol flavor.

I shook it a few seconds to chill it and strained it into a glass. It looked fabulous...

And, it tasted even better! Yum!!!

These are so good they're hard to just sip!


jomamma said...

I've been a martini drinker for quiet a few years now. But that's only a Dirty Vodka martini, I'm not a fan of all those foofoo martinis. I had my first Espresso Martini a few weeks ago in Key West. It was very delightful. I do believe I'll have to try this recipe, thanks for perfecting it. I'll use some of my very own homemade vanilla vodka.

Cindie Kitchin eweniquely ewe said...

I'm not a martini fan but that looks yummy!

Sartenada said...

It is looking so good, then it must be good.

jomamma said...

I just made one.... deeeelish! I know this is going to be one of my go to drinks for movie night. BTW that is a gorgeous martini glass.