Last year Valentine’s Day landed on the Saturday of President’s Day Weekend. Since my husband was traveling for his annual hunting trip with his dad and brother, I decided to celebrate the holiday with one of my best girlfriends, Danielle. We cooked dinner together, watched cheesy romantic movies, and created this delicious Espresso Martini recipe. All in all, a great Valentine’s Day spent with a great friend!
This Valentine’s Day, I wish all of you experience lots of love and happiness, and many espresso martinis! Cheers!
Yield: one drink
Time: 5 minutes
1½ oz. Kahlua
3 oz. vanilla vodka
1 oz. freshly brewed espresso
½ to 1 oz. simple syrup (depending on your taste)
Optional: three espresso beans
- Combine the Kahlua, vanilla vodka, espresso and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Pack with ice. Shake vigorously for 2 minutes. Strain into a martini glass. If desired, garnish with three espresso beans.
To make the simple syrup: combine equal parts water and sugar (ex: 1 cup of each) in a saucepan. Simmer on medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Note: An average shot glass holds 1½ ounces.
Danielle and I enjoying our Espresso Martinis last Valentine’s Day!