I have another cocktail recipe for you today.
It’s a doozy. A boozy doozy. Hah. I think I’m funny.
This recipe is my spiced-up take on an espresso martini. And boy oh boy is it GOOD.
Espresso martinis are one of my go-to after dinner drinks while dining out. I love them in place of a dessert and when I want a little extra pep to get me through the rest of the evening.
This version is a classic espresso martini but with the flavors turned way up.
I wanted to do a spiced version, using cinnamon and fresh ginger. I also wanted chocolate to be involved. Coffee, chocolate, ginger, and cinnamon — they all work together beautifully.
I shake up the cocktail with espresso, vodka, Kahlua (my fave), some chocolate liqueur, ground cinnamon, and fresh ginger slices. You want to vigorously shake the ingredients together so that the ginger has time to sort of bloom and infuse its flavor. This plays up that spiced taste we are going for.
The final touch is a healthy dollop of cinnamon whopped cream (for those of you who know me well, you know this is a big deal for me. I generally do NOT like whipped cream on anything…except recently on coffee drinks. I know. It’s weird).
The result is heavenly. It has strong coffee flavor and a cozy warmth about it as well. It feels fancy and decadent but is really easy to make.
I think this is a drink that all coffee lovers could enjoy. Booze in coffee is just…the best. I don’t know why but it just makes everything about drinking coffee seem more special. Or maybe more risqué? Am I right?
Personally, I find the sweetness of Kahlua and the chocolate liqueur to be plenty, but if your sweet tooth isn’t satisfied, you could easily add in some simple syrup or agave nectar to the mix. Just make sure you taste as you go – because the Kahlua, chocolate liqueur, AND whipped cream provide a healthy dose of sweetness.
This is the perfect drink to end your night…I recommend serving this with dessert or AS dessert alone! It meets the criteria. I, for one, love dessert-y drinks after a meal. They meet my need for sweetness but without overdoing it.
Although, I could see myself easily “overdoing it” with these. Delicious.Print
For the Whipped Cream:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Kahlua liqueur
For the Martinis:
- ⅔ cup freshly brewed espresso, cooled slightly
- 1/4 cup Kahlua liqueur
- ⅓ cup plain vodka
- 2 tablespoons chocolate liqueur (I used Godiva)
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- 1-inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- Espresso beans, for garnish
For the Whipped Cream:
- Place the cream in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or you can do it with a hand-held mixer, or if you’re really hardcore, by hand using a whisk).
- Beat the cream until it begins to thicken, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and liqueur.
- Continue whipping until soft peaks form, about 4-5 minutes. Refrigerate until ready to use (do not do this too far ahead or your cream will “deflate”).
For the Martini:
- Combine all the ingredients for the martini (except the espresso beans) in a shaker with ice and shake well.
- Strain the mixture into two chilled martini glasses and garnish each glass with a dollop of the whipped cream and a couple of espresso beans. Serve!
- Category: cocktails
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