Time to make a start telling you about the Tonic at Home hamper of pre-made cocktails – I’m only about halfway through it already, hic 😉
The mix and match hamper I received had 14 cocktails and 11 flavours, meaning 3 duplicates. Made sense in my head to start with one of the doubles, and one that I both knew I liked and could compare to previous versions tried.
An espresso martini comprises vodka (so, not a ‘true’ martini, which is gin and vermouth), espresso coffee (cold), coffee liqueur, and sugar syrup.
Of course, with the Tonic sachets, all you have to provide is ice and a shaker! Pour the pre-mixed sachet in, shake up, and away you go.
Sometimes I’ve found espresso martinis a little rough, but not this – this is smooooth. Probably a bit sweeter than I’ve tried before, which is what makes the difference. Probably the nicest version of it I’ve ever had, I’m not going to lie. Maybe it’s the vanilla vodka? Will be giving that a go!
I’m sure I’ve not actually had more espresso martinis than other cocktails, out and about, but it definitely sticks in the mind where I’ve tried this. Most infamously, at at Starbucks Christmas Event (never repeated, much to my disappointment!) that was serving these, and on top of all the coffee tasters probably had me at 14+ shots of espresso for the evening, a horrendous night’s sleep, and the inability to face coffee again – for a few weeks 😉
I also made these in a cocktail tasting at home ‘class’ that we did as a social event during lockdown. We made those with instant coffee – and surprise, it worked fine! I don’t really have espresso lying around, so definitely more accessible. And as a friend pointed out, opens up the possibility of a decaf version – I find the mix of coffee (don’t drink too late) and alcohol (probably don’t start too early ;)) an odd one, but then, the story goes that a super model asked a bartender for a drink that would “wake her up and then f*ck her up”. Classy 😉
The basic recipe to be played about with:
25ml espresso OR instant
25ml coffee liqueur (Tia Maria, Kahlua, etc)
sugar syrup to taste
Variations could include:
- adding a shot of Baileys for something creamier
- using flavoured vodka – vanilla, as above, or I have a lovely bottle of espresso vodka that’s just perfect!
- feeling lazy? That espresso vodka mixed with Tia Maria is a potent easy cheat!