Espresso Martini

18 01 2008

espresso chocolate martiniIf you enjoy alcoholic beverages, I’m sure you’ve seen Espresso Martini on the menu. I’ve tried several at different locations and found that everyone has their own version of the recipe. Certainly, this is not one of those tried and true standard cocktails that every bartender has in their repertoire that will taste the same no matter where you order it. In fact, what makes it kind of interesting is that the recipe allows bartenders to be creative in their craft. To complicate matters, the quality of the espresso will make a difference as well. A bar that has a good espresso machine should be able to produce a quality cocktail. However, a bar that relies on an espresso flavoring (ugh) or instant (gasp!) espresso will produce a mediocre cocktail, at best.

Giada, on the Food Network, has an Espresso Martini recipe that is pretty easy to make, except that it relies on simple syrup for its sweetness. Granted, simple syrup is easy to make (melt 2 parts sugar in 1 part water), but most people don’t have this handy nor do they want to take the time to whip up a batch.

So, here’s my recipe: Read the rest of this entry »

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Caipirinha: potent rum cocktail

23 11 2007

Considered Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha (pronounced kai-pee-reen-ya) is a simple, yet potent concoction best enjoyed when you have plenty of time and don’t need to drive. The flavor deceptively masks the alcohol, making it seem as though you are downing a refreshingly sweet and innocuous lemonade (until you stand up, that is). I served these as a cocktail on Thanksgiving and they were refreshing and tasty (did I mention they were strong?). Here is how you make them: Read the rest of this entry »