Cocktail of the Month: Caribbean Espresso Martini

If you’re looking for the perfect post-dinner treat, look no further than our delicious rum-based Espresso Martini, The Caribbean!

It’s a spicy Caribbean twist on the Nation’s most popular cocktail! 

The rich Caribbean flavour of dark rum adds extra intensity to the classic Espresso Martini, which is why it’s one of Joey’s (the owner) favourite cocktails. This recipe may have bold flavours, but it’s the perfect blend for a simple, boozy dessert. With freshly-brewed espresso and coffee liqueur, it’s sumptuously smooth and indulgent with that little caffeine pick me up after your meal.

“This is one of my favourite cocktails as you have the classic flavours of the Espresso Martini combined with my favourite spirit, spiced rum!” – Owner, Joey

Traditionally it’s served in a V-shaped martini glass or coupe and topped with whole coffee beans.

Ingredients 

  • 25ml Dark rum
  • 1 x Espresso shot (go for double to really liven it up)
  • 25ml Kahlúa coffee liqueur
  • Lots of Ice
  • Coffee beans to decorate

Equipment

  • 1 x Strainer
  • 1 x Cocktail Shaker
  • 1 x Jigger

Method 

1. Ice

Fill your cocktail shaker and martini glass with ice cubes.

2. Pour it in

Using a jigger, measure 25ml dark rum, 25ml coffee liqueur, and one espresso shot into the shaker.

3. Time to mix

Shake the mixture vigorously for at least 20-30 seconds in the cocktail shaker until the surface of the shaker feels chilled. You want to make sure it’s well shaken to give it that nice froth on top once it’s poured. When suitably shaken, tip the ice out of the martini glass then strain the cocktail into a martini glass using a cocktail strainer.

TIP – How do I get a good foam on my espresso martini?

Use a cocktail shaker and glass arrangement to give your cocktail plenty of height thus allowing you to give it a good shake. When shaking the mixture (it’s got to be vigorous), make sure all of the ice in the shaker has melted before straining and serve immediately! If you keep the drink in the shaker for too long, the air you’ve just added will escape and the froth will collapse when you serve it.

4. Finishing touches

To garnish, add whole coffee beans to the top of the drink.

This recipe is perfect to make for small gatherings, or even for a date night at home.

If espresso isn’t quite up your alley, stay tuned for the next in our cocktail series. Next month we’ll be taking a look at head chef Luke’s favourite – the strawberry daiquiri!