Simple syrup is truly one of the easiest recipes to make: equal parts sugar and water, infused with any flavor of your choice. I love using it for cocktails and desserts. In this recipe, I'll show you how to make your very own Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup and use it in a classic Espresso Martini. These recipes have an elegance that makes them seem inaccessible, but I promise to demystify them so you can make them again and again in the comfort of your own home.
Note: With your leftover vanilla bean simple syrup, you can also make a great iced vanilla latte: In a large glass, combine 3 ounces cold brew concentrate, 3 ounces dairy or non-dairy milk, and 1/2 ounce vanilla simple syrup, and stir to combine. Add ice and enjoy! —Elena
Fill a coupe or martini glass with ice water to chill.
In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, coffee liquor, and espresso or cold brew concentrate. Add ice, seal the top, and shake vigorously until very cold.
Discard the ice water from the serving glass and strain the cocktail into the glass, garnish with optional coffee beans, and enjoy!
To make the vanilla bean simple syrup: In a medium saucepan over a medium heat, combine vanilla bean and seeds, granulated sugar, and water. Bring to a boil, stirring every so often until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.