Happy hour just got a lot more exciting. Is there anything better than a chilled and creamy espresso martini after a long day at work? Hardly. What about an espresso martini that takes out the sugary junk and clocks in at around 170 calories? Bingo!
The beauty of this martini is the synergy of the coffee with the alcohol. The vodka tempers down the espresso and prevents you from bouncing off the walls, while the espresso cuts down on the usual tiredness that can occur after having a drink or two (wine lovers, take note). It’s the perfect pick-me-up when you want to enjoy a drink but still need the energy to get things done.
Typical restaurant espresso martinis are packed with simple syrup and heavy cream, weighing in at 400 calories! Not exactly light and refreshing. This recipe is significantly lower calorie than what you would get at a restaurant, but we promise is just as good! With only 3 ingredients it couldn’t be simpler. Below are customizable options if you are watching your dairy, sugar, or fat consumption.
The key to a killer espresso martini is to use freshly brewed espresso, not coffee flavored liquor. Espresso gives this drink its authentic rich flavor and energizing buzz, so don’t skimp!
Ingredients: Serves 2
2 ounces Vanilla, Whipped Cream, or similar flavored vodka (regular vodka also works in a pinch)
2 shots chilled espresso
Splash of either half-and-half, Baily’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, milk, or coffee creamer to taste
Garnish: whole coffee beans
Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously to get your martini extra frothy and delicious. Pour into martini glasses and garnish with coffee beans if desired.