Sunday, January 19, 2014

Espresso Martini with Homemade Coffee Liquor #CocktailDay

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Welcome to Cocktail Day, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic, Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake, and Donna of Cookistry. We are raising our glasses to toast you all with some unique and delicious cocktails and mocktails in anticipation of the Big Game and Valentine’s Day. Be sure to bookmark or pin these creative beverages for your next gathering. We hope you enjoy this marvelous event and the incredible giveaways from our generous sponsors. Cheers!

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How do you like your martini??  Shaken?  Stirred?  Traditional with gin or perhaps vodka and possibly flavored?  In a proper martini glass or a simple tumbler??


Apparently the perfect martini is somewhat elusive and best served with quality ingredients in a delicate martini glass.  It's been said that a proper martini is made with gin and one part vermouth, then strained into a chilled stemmed martini glass - anything else must have an adjective to describe the martini, such as a Vodka Martini, etc.

As for me, I'd just like to like any martini.  Having grown up on James Bond movies, I most certainly would order my martini shaken and not stirred, and as James prefers the Vodka Martini, I would want the same.

Hence, some 20 years ago that's exactly what I ordered, and heavens that is one strong drink - especially for this lightweight!  Tasted to me only of alcohol, and I didn't find a single thing pleasing about the experience with the exception of the shaker and the glass.


To this day, I'm not really fond of martinis, but because I love that sexy glass so much, I keep trying.  And today I have a martini I've enjoyed, though I'm not sure it would classify as a proper martini, as it's made with homemade coffee liquor, espresso and vodka.

Following a recipe I found online, the finished product was the most pleasing martini I've enjoyed, but for myself I'd take away some of the sweetness, allowing more of the pure espresso flavors to shine through.  Coffee Liquor is, for the most part, fairly sweet.  Hence, creating this cocktail allows you to follow your sweet tooth, or lack there of by mixing around the ingredients until you find your perfect version.

But before we reach for the shaker, take a peek at this fabulous giveaway in honor of #CocktailDay!

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Espresso Martini with Homemade Coffee Liquor
Coffee, Coffee Liquor and vodka... I'm loving this as an after dinner drink!  With the coffee liquor being a bit on the sweet side, adjust to your taste.

1 1/2 oz. coffee liquor (DIY - make your own)
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. freshly brewed espresso

Add all the ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously,  strain into a chilled Martini glass.  Cheers!

DIY Homemade Coffee Liquor 

***Disclaimer: This giveaway is being provided by our sponsors, no bloggers have received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

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27 comments:

  1. As a huge coffee fan, how could I resist this? I have been meaning to make your homemade Kahlua since I saw it on your blog a couple of months ago. Now I have even more incentive. I love the list of cocktails that the other bloggers have done too, and can't wait to work my way through them - the blogs, not necessarily the drinks, but maybe ;)

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    1. Felice... I'm loving the kahlua! It's a little sweet for my taste, but I've used it in SO many things. This was pretty darn good too!

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  2. Wow. This sounds so yum! I pinned your coffee liquor recipe and this recipe... NEED TO MAKE THEM!

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    1. Appreciate the pins Betsy!! The Kahlua was SO easy and I'm using it in so many different ways. Enjoy!

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  3. I love a martini but I am more of a traditional girl for martini but I am always up for a change!! Yours looks like a great martini!!

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    1. My dad is very traditional... he says this isn't a "martini", but he'd take a taste of my "coffee drink"!!

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  4. That is a pretty sexy looking cocktail - great photography! This looks like a terrific after dinner drink to serve at a dinner party.

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    1. I know... right?? I love those sexy glasses!!

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  5. That is a yummy looking martini, fantastic recipe!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  6. I'm not a big fan of martinis either, but I love the sounds of this! Particularly since I have homemade coffee liqueur in my cupboard, espresso on my counter, and vodka in my wine rack. :-)

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    1. Looks like you are set!! We'll have to make them at the same time and toast each other virtually!!

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  7. My favorite is a lilikoi mimosa, but this martini looks yummy!

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    1. OOhhh... I"d gladly trade Lilikoi Momosa for this drink!!

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  8. That looks amazing, though I'm more of a malibu based beverage kind of gal.

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  9. I love that you made the coffee liqueur yourself!

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  10. I am impressed that you made the homemade Liqueur. I drink coffee all day long so this cocktail is right up my alley.

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  11. I know it's still morning, but a cocktail does sound rather good at the moment. I have that recipe saved for the coffee liqueur, guess I need to get on it. Happy New Years.
    -Gina-

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  12. I'm with you on this one... traditional martinis are pretty unpleasant unless you're a fan of straight vodka. :P This version sounds more my speed, especially since I'm a total coffee-a-holic!

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  13. Oh, yeah, these are SO much better than a classic martini! And SO good with your homemade coffee liqueur!!! Thanks, Kim, for this yummy recipe :)

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  14. l keep telling myself I need to start making my own liqueurs!

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  15. I LOVE home made coffee liquor - it's one of my favorite things, ever. And these days martinis can be almost anything, right? I think it's a great combo!

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  16. Okay lady, this is fabulous. I am in love with this one. Thanks for joining us this week. I love working with you.

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  17. For someone who doesn't care for martinis I would say you've done very well! There is a local restaurant here in Oklahoma City that makes the best espresso martinis ever. They have a touch of sweetness but mostly the vanilla and coffee flavors shine, accented, of course, by the vodka. I've tried a couple of recipes and haven't been able to duplicate it. Maybe your recipe will be THE one!

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  18. I am determined to make my own coffee liquor. I used to love martinis but that phase of mine came to an end abruptly. Long story. :-) This is something that I would totally try because I love coffee and I love your recipes. I hope you have a good start to your week!

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