Thirsty Thursday-Espresso Martini

Often called an espressotini, the espresso martini is one of many variations of a martini cocktail made with gin or vodka and vermouth. It is thought that the martini was invented by a bartender at the Occidental Hotel whose  regular customer took a ferry every morning from the hotel to the town of Martinez located in the San Francisco Bay area. A plaque commemorating the birth of the Martini is located there at the corner of Alhambra Avenue and Masonic Street.

A perfect after-dinner drink/dessert with a jolt of caffeine and a nice hit of a combo of vodka, Sabroso coffee liqueur and Baileys Irish Creme, this espresso martini is simple to prepare.

Espresso Martini

3 ounces freshly brewed espresso
1 shot vodka
1 shot Sabroso-Licor de Cafe (coffee liqueur)
1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream

Pour freshly brewed espresso in a cocktail shaker half-filled with crushed ice. Add vodka, coffee liqueur and Baileys. Shake vigorously for a few minutes. Pour into a chilled glass. Garnish with three fresh coffee beans. Serves 1.  For a sorbet, freeze mixture in an ice cream maker or in a shallow container. If using a shallow container, use a fork to scrape to resemble a granité.


  1. Kristin
    September 11, 2010 / 10:19 pm

    I have been looking for a good boozy espresso cocktail for the longest time. I will be making this soon. 🙂

  2. Sophia
    October 1, 2010 / 5:28 pm

    This drink really look awesome. I definitely want to try the recipe soon. I love new and interesting drink recipe. I found this recipe for Bohemia Sangrita recently. It's pretty interesting too. I thought you might like it too. Keep up the awesome blogging!

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