29 Nov No Comments Cooking with Jeff and Cristina Cocktails , , , ,

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Happy Black Friday!  We hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving.  For all you crazies who are out shopping today, you may need one of these when you get home!

One drink that Jeff and I like to spoil ourselves with are espresso martinis.  BUT… they need to be made properly.  No espresso flavored vodka – that’s cheating.  We like them made with real espresso and very little cream.  We like our espresso martinis black like we like our coffee vs. light in color.  That way, they are not too sweet.

Ingredients: (makes 2)

  • 2 shots of real espresso (can be regular or decaf)
  • 2 shots vanilla vodka
  • 1 shot Kahlua
  • Cinnamon (optional)


Brew the espresso and let chill in the freezer for 10 – 15 minutes or so.

Fill a shaker with ice and shake together the vodka and Kahlua.  Then add the chilled espresso and shake well for about 30 seconds – that’s how you get the nice froth.  Strain the liquid into martini glasses and sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon.  The cinnamon is optional … I like it because it looks pretty 😉