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Create a beautiful and festive Peppermint Espresso Martini using my step by step recipe. Impress your guests with this winter wonderland pre-dinner cocktail or dessert beverage. Similar to a Peppermint Kahlua Martini, this delicious cocktail is strong, creamy, a little bit sweet and oh so decadent!
What is a Peppermint Espresso Martini?
A Peppermint Espresso Martini is a festive variation of the classic Espresso Martini cocktail. A traditional Espresso Martini typically includes vodka, coffee liqueur, and fresh espresso. This Peppermint Espresso Martini includes vodka, fresh brewed and cooled espresso, a simple syrup and peppermint liqueur all poured into a crushed candy cane rimmed martini glass. This cocktail adds a festive twist by adding in some classic Christmas peppermint flavor.
Why You’ll Love This Festive Martini
Peppermint Espresso Martini combines the holiday flavor of peppermint with the classic cocktail, making it a super festive choice if you’re looking to add a special touch to your holiday celebrations! It can be enjoyed as an appetizer drink or as a dessert.
Main Ingredients + Tools Needed
This recipe takes just a few ingredients and will make two martinis. Here is everything you will need to get started.
- espresso- fresh brewed, and cooled.
- vodka- the base of this martini is made with 4 oz of regular vodka. Any brand works, and unflavored is best!
- peppermint liqueur– liqueur with the base of peppermint lends a great flavor to this cocktail.
- simple syrup– I have a great simple syrup recipe found here.
- ice cubes- can’t have a drink without ice!
- crushed peppermint candies for garnish. I like this bag of crushed peppermint candies because it’s ready to go. If you want to use candy canes and crush them in a resealable bag with a mallet, that works great too!
- 3 coffee beans for garnish
- fresh mint leaves optional, for garnish
- cocktail shaker- this cocktail shaker is similar to the one I use.
- martini glasses- any martini glass will work, but this set of 4 martini glasses are a great option.
Homemade Simple Syrup
I make this simple syrup in big batches to keep in the refrigerator but for this recipe you can do equal parts of sugar and water (about 1/4 cup of each) and you’ll have plenty. This cocktail doesn’t call for much simple syrup, so you can toss the extra or store in an airtight container the fridge for a future drink. If you want more in depth detail about making a simple syrup, browse through my post here. If you don’t want to make your own, you can use a simple syrup found at the grocery store. It’s usually on the same aisle as honey, agave and other sweeteners. I’ve also found it in the coffee or alcohol aisles.
How to Make a Peppermint Espresso Martini
This recipe comes together in less than 5 minutes and makes 2 martinis. For full recipe details, including ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card down below.
Rim the Martini Glasses
Add crushed candy cane pieces to the rim of your martini glasses and set aside.
Pro Tip: If you aren’t using a bag of pre-crushed candy cane pieces, no problem! To crush up candy canes, place candy canes in a resealable bag and crush with a mallet until the pieces are very small and uniform in size.
Add Ingredients to Cocktail Shaker
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add cooled (to room temperature) espresso, vodka, peppermint liqueur, and simple syrup and shake vigorously, creating a nice foam.
Pour drink into each glass and garnish with fresh mint leaves (if desired) and 3 coffee beans in each glass. Serve cold.
Time to Sit Back + Enjoy!
The holidays are here and it’s time for all the get togethers and parties! Specialty cocktails like this Peppermint Espresso Martini can be a great addition to a festive atmosphere. Whether it’s a Christmas party or a New Year’s Eve celebration, this cocktail will be a delightful addition to your festivities. Cheers!
FAQ About Peppermint Espresso Martini
It is a liqueur made with a peppermint extract base that can be added to many cocktails for a little peppermint flavor. It’s similar to coffee liqueur (like Kahlua or Tia Maria).
Traditionally vodka or tequila is used in espresso martinis but you can use your liquor of choice. Irish Whiskey (like Bailey’s Irish Cream), rum or gin are good alternatives.
The key to a frothy martini is making sure your cocktail shaker is very cold. You’ll know it’s cold enough if it hurts your fingers while shaking it. Also make sure you’re vigorously shaking the cocktail shaker to get a nice foamy top.
Yes, you can. You can make an espresso martini without an espresso maker by using cold brew or drip coffee. Cold brew coffee has a strong coffee concentrate that can be a substitute for espresso. If you’re looking for a milder flavor try using brewed coffee.
More Festive Drink Recipes to Try!
- Smoked Old Fashioned
- Irish Coffee
- Non-Alcoholic Moscow Mule
- Christmas Mocktail
- Classic Holiday Mocktail
I hope you enjoy this festive peppermint espresso martini recipe! It’s the perfect after-dinner drink for this time of year. The printable recipe card is below. Have a great day, friends!
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Pepermint Espresso Martini Recipe
- Rim your martini glasses with crushed candy canes and set aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add cooled espresso, vodka, peppermint liqueur, and simple syrup and shake vigorously, creating a nice foam.
- Pour drink into each glass and garnish with fresh mint leaves (if desired) and 3 coffee beans in each glass. Serve cold. Cheers!