Everyone loves a tasty Espresso Martini, especially these days as they seem to be trending everywhere! This variation the classic cocktail mixes in the delicious Baileys Irish Cream, making this (drumroll) the Baileys Espressotini. Now, there are other notable additions that make this Espresso Martini stand out from the rest, so let’s get right into this recipe!
As usual, I’ll start by introducing the base of this cocktail: vanilla vodka! Sure, I could’ve opted for regular vodka, but this way it’s like you’re sipping on a spiked vanilla latte, setting a sweet and aromatic base. The vanilla isn’t overpowering, but it lingers in the background, providing a smooth, creamy platform for the other ingredients to play upon.
As delectable as the vanilla vodka is, the star of this recipe is, of course, Baileys. The creamy Irish delight brings in a velvety texture and a subtle sweetness with hints of chocolate and caramel. It wraps around the sharper elements in the drink.
Since this is an Espresso Martini, it only seemed right to mix in a nice coffee liqueur. This liqueur amplifies the espresso’s coffee notes and adds a deep, rich undertone.
Now, this is where it gets interesting. Frangelico, with its hazelnut charm, introduces a nutty warmth. It’s not too forward, but just enough to give the cocktail a rounded, almost toasty feel. Plus, hazelnut, vanilla, and coffee? Classic combo.
Put all of these ingredients together, and you’ve got a bold, rich blend of flavors!
Step 1: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice, and shake until well combined.
Step 2: Strain mixture into a martini glass.
Step 3: Garnish with espresso beans.
This Baileys Espressotini is a drink that takes you on a journey: starting with the sharp bite of fresh espresso, mellowing down into the nutty warmth of the Frangelico, and then finally settling into the sweet embrace of Baileys and vanilla vodka. Every sip is a little adventure.
So, next time you’re in the mood for a cocktail that’s as complex as it is comforting, give the Baileys Espressotini a whirl. Trust me, it’s an experience worth savoring.