As the Queen Bee of Mixology, let me introduce you to a delightful twist on the classic Espresso Martini: The Peppermint Patty Espresso Martini. This cocktail blends the boldness of espresso with the festive flavors of peppermint and chocolate, creating a drink that’s as invigorating as it is indulgent.
Before diving into our festive variation, let’s understand the foundation of this drink: the classic Espresso Martini. Traditionally, it’s a simple mix of vodka, espresso, and coffee liqueur. It’s known for its robust coffee flavor balanced with the smoothness of vodka. It’s a drink that’s both energizing and elegant. This Peppermint Patty Espresso Martini takes deep inspiration from its original blueprint, but by altering the recipe slightly, you enhance the classic cocktail to a whole new level.
There seems to be an espresso martini craze lately, and I for one am here for it! Vodka is basically the foundation for all espresso martini recipes, and trust me, I’ve made my fair share of variations at this point with many different twists. However, vodka is the one element (with the occasional exception) that I tend to keep consistent with my recipes. This popular spirit provides a neutral canvas that allows the other flavors to shine, while still maintaining its smooth, clean character.
Espresso is the heart of any espresso martini, which is an obvious statement of course. It’s not just about the caffeine kick; it’s about the quality of the coffee beans and the way they blend with the other components. You want to make sure the espresso brings in a deep, rich coffee flavor that can be enjoyed with each sip!
Another cocktail staple, crème de cacao. This chocolate-flavored liqueur adds a subtle sweetness and a hint of cocoa. It’s not overly sugary but provides a smooth chocolate undertone that pairs beautifully with the coffee notes deriving from the espresso.
Now, let’s really get into what makes this variation so unique from the many other espresso martini recipes I’ve posted on my website thus far: peppermint syrup. This particular sweetener introduces a refreshing, cool twist to the drink. It’s not just minty; it’s a sweet, herbaceous element that complements the bitterness of the espresso.
For an extra festive touch, the rim of the coupe glass can be adorned with chocolate and crushed peppermints, adding texture and a visually appealing look.
Step 1: Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled.
Step 2: Strain the mixture into your prepared coupe or martini glass.
The Peppermint Patty Espresso Martini is a drink you’ll want to keep on shaking up! The overall flavor profile is complex yet balanced. It’s a drink where the warmth of the coffee meets the coolness of peppermint, all wrapped in a velvety layer of chocolate. A recipe that is truly beloved – one that is both familiar and new, comforting yet exciting.
For an Extra Touch: Rim your glass with melted chocolate & crushed candy cane chunks. Stick it in the freeze to make sure it holds.