Feeling sleepy with a long night ahead? Too sophisticated for a vodka red bull? Consider the espresso martini… and if you’re feeling decadent, consider this variation which uses Baileys Irish Cream to add some rich chocolate and vanilla flavors. If you don’t have espresso on hand, cold brew serves as an easy substitution. (We’re especially partial to Grady’s.)
This delightful concoction combines the bold flavors of espresso with the velvety goodness of Baileys, resulting in a cocktail that’s both rich and invigorating. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through crafting this indulgent Espresso Martini recipe that’s perfect for elevating your at-home cocktail game. Let’s get started on this exquisite coffee-infused journey!
1. Brew the Espresso
- Begin by brewing a shot of espresso to perfection. It should be rich and aromatic, setting the foundation for your Espresso Martini.
2. Chill the Martini Glass
- Place a martini glass in the freezer for a few minutes. A chilled glass ensures your cocktail stays refreshingly cold.
3. Shake It Up
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Pour in the vodka, freshly brewed espresso, Baileys Irish Cream, coffee liqueur, and simple syrup.
- Securely cap the shaker and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. The ice-cold froth is what makes this cocktail extra special.
4. Strain and Serve
- Retrieve the chilled martini glass from the freezer.
- Strain the Espresso Martini with Baileys into the glass. Watch as the luscious liquid pours smoothly.
5. Garnish (Optional)
- To add a touch of elegance, you can garnish your cocktail with a few coffee beans or a delicate dusting of cocoa powder.
6. Sip and Savor!
- Your indulgent Espresso Martini with Baileys Irish Cream is now ready for you to enjoy. Revel in the creamy, coffee-infused flavors.
- Use freshly brewed, high-quality espresso for an authentic and rich coffee taste.
- Adjust the sweetness level to your liking by adding more or less simple syrup.
- Experiment with Baileys Irish Cream variations, such as Baileys Salted Caramel or Baileys Almande, to create unique flavor profiles.
- Consider serving your Espresso Martini with a side of chocolate-covered coffee beans or a slice of tiramisu for an irresistible pairing.
The Espresso Martini with Baileys Irish Cream is a delightful fusion of coffee and cream that’s sure to elevate your cocktail experience. Whether you’re treating yourself to a cozy evening or hosting a gathering with friends, this exquisite recipe is a crowd-pleaser. Follow our step-by-step guide to craft this luxurious libation, and let the harmonious blend of espresso and Baileys dance on your taste buds. Cheers to indulgence!
- 1 oz espresso
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream
Add all ingredients to shaker. Strain into your favorite martini glass, and garnish with coffee beans (optional).