In my past life, I managed at a local downtown coffee shop. I spent three years of my young “adult” life perfecting my art as barista and learning more than anyone would ever need to know about coffee. When I wasn’t staining myself with espresso and plating pesto chicken foccacias 50+ hours per week, I played a full time college student, determined to finished with more credits than necessary in four years or less. Not only did I serve up caffeinated art, but, as you might imagine, I indulged in it quite often. There was never enough time to catch a few winks, so I would pour myself a creamy soy latte, sit back to enjoy it with a few deep drags of a marlboro, and then get back on my bike to conquer the next few hours.
Life isn’t quite as quick and furious these days, now that I’ve been out of school for some time, so my need for constant caffeination isn’t like it used to be. As I’ve grown a bit older, I’ve begun to enjoy other fine things in life, such as a nice glass of wine, a dark, creamy brew, or a well concocted cocktail. But, my love for good coffee will always remain. These days, one of my favorite ways to begin a night out and about – or better yet, a tantalizing evening in the comfort of home – is with an Espresso Martini. Espresso Martinis offer the best of both worlds – a kick of caffeinated energy and a swell of alcohol-induced calm, all at once. This is one recipe you’ve got to try:
1 oz cold espresso
1½ oz vodka
1½ oz Kahlua
1 oz white creme de cacao
Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. The cocktail should be slightly frothy; if not, try shaking a bit harder next time. Garnish with a few floating espresso beans or a bit of white chocolate around the rim of the glass. Enjoy!