Entertaining

Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini

January  5, 2022
5 Stars
Photo by MJ Kroeger. PROP STYLIST: Brooke Deonarine. FOOD STYLIST: Lauren LaPenna.
Test Kitchen Notes

An espresso martini is the best of both worlds: a lavish libation fit for a night on the town and a jolt of caffeine to fight the post-dinner lull. Born out of the 1980s London bar scene, it’s having a moment on cocktail menus once again thanks to a new nostalgia-obsessed generation of drinkers.

This ‘tini can be made with just about any base spirit and mixed with some sort of coffee (traditionally coffee liqueur), which makes Seedlip’s Spice 94 non-alcoholic spirit paired with chilled espresso a perfect fit for this tried-and-true formula. Subtle molasses flavor from the light brown sugar rich syrup—made from two parts sugar and one part water—enhances the allspice, cardamom, and citrus top notes of the Spice 94, which makes for an ultra-sippable drink.

This recipe is shared in partnership with Seedlip. —The Editors

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • makes 1 drink
Ingredients
  • For the drink:
  • 1 ½ ounces Seedlip Spice 94
  • 1 ¼ ounces chilled espresso
  • ¾ ounces light brown sugar rich syrup
  • 3 coffee beans, for garnish
  • Espresso powder, for garnish
  • For the light brown sugar rich syrup:
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cups near-boiling hot water
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. For the drink:
  2. Combine the ingredients (minus the garnish) in a cocktail shaker filled about one-third with ice; we'll shake with less ice to encourage aeration and avoid over-diluting the drink.
  3. Fine-strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Top the drink with excess foam from your strainer.
  4. Garnish with the coffee beans and dust with espresso powder over top. Serve right away.
  1. For the light brown sugar rich syrup:
  2. Combine the light brown sugar and hot water in a heat-safe container and stir to combine until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool completely and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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