Introducing the Eggnog Espresso Martini, a festive twist on the classic espresso martini. This delightful cocktail is perfect for the holiday season, blending the rich flavors of bourbon, coffee liqueur, cold brew coffee, eggnog, and a hint of vanilla extract.
This is a perfect cocktail to enjoy before a nice dinner or a tasty, boozy treat for dessert. Let’s get into what exactly makes this cocktail unique!
The classic espresso martini is known for its strong coffee flavor, often made with vodka and a coffee-based liqueur. The Eggnog Espresso Martini, on the other hand, introduces bourbon for a warmer, richer base and replaces traditional espresso with cold brew coffee for a smoother taste. The addition of eggnog transforms the drink into a creamier and more seasonally flavored beverage, making it a perfect choice for holiday gatherings.
As always, let’s start with the spirit of this recipe. The bourbon in this cocktail adds a smooth, oaky warmth. It’s the backbone of the drink, providing a subtle sweetness and a hint of caramel and vanilla notes. And to further complement those vanilla notes, I added vanilla extract to the mix. Not too much – just a dash as it’s known to have a very bold flavor. In other words, a little goes a long way!
Adding depth and complexity, the coffee liqueur enhances the cocktail with its rich, sweet coffee flavor. Plus, it just so happens to pair beautifully with the bourbon. Now, coffee liqueur isn’t the only espresso notes you’ll be tasting. The cold brew brings a robust coffee flavor without the bitterness often found in traditional espresso. Its smooth and slightly chocolaty taste enhances the presence and blends beautifully with the coffee liqueur.
Last, but certainly not least is the star of the show: eggnog. Eggnog is what makes this martini stand out from the rest. Its creamy texture and spiced, custard-like flavor blend seamlessly with the coffee and bourbon, adding a holiday cheer to each sip!
When these ingredients are shaken together and strained into a coupe glass, the result is a velvety and indulgent cocktail. The final touch, a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg, along with three coffee beans for garnish, adds a festive aroma and a visually stunning finish.
Step 1: Add all ingredients with ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled.
Step 2: Strain into glass and top with nutmeg, cinnamon and coffee beans.
In essence, the Eggnog Espresso Martini is a unique, seasonally-inspired cocktail that offers a creamy, spiced twist on the classic. It seems like espresso martinis are getting more popular by the day, so it’s only right we have a recipe to enjoy over the holiday season.
Its blend of flavors is sure to impress!