As a connoisseur of the martini, I’ve managed to come up with many recipes of my own along with my own take on classic drinks. A martini is special because unlike a soft drink or even a basic mixed drink, each one is individually crafted and created just for you. You can order it with your own special preparation likes and dislikes… shaken/not stirred, extra-dry, with an extra drop of vermouth… your favorite kind of vodka or gin or… anything.
Here’s one of my own creations. The Black Espresso Martini. I use decaf espresso if it’s later in the day, but I find this is a great drink for mid afternoon cocktails on a hot Sunday afternoon.
- 1 Oz Espresso
- 2½ Oz Vodka
- Dash Chocolate Bitters
- Dash Vanilla Extract
- Luxardo Maraschino Cherry
Combine liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice (you may want to cool the espresso, but it’s not required) and shake until the shaker is almost too cold to hold. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with the cherry.
For a sweeter variation, add ½ Oz Kirschwasser and ½ Oz simple syrup.. OR ½ Oz of the syrup from the Luxardo Cherry.