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A Match Made in Heaven: Espresso Martini

A dangerously delicious martini that is shaken and served ice cold will instantly boost your mood with just one sip. It is made with nespresso espresso, vodka, kahlua and then some more. Whether you need a midweek pick me up, you’re hosting a party, celebrating something special or need a little something before you head out for a night on the town these are perfect for any occasion at anytime!

As someone who loves coffee more than I would like to admit, this is one of my favorite go to cocktails. Coffee alone just brings me so much joy. The smell, the taste, the look...it is all pure bliss. So, I decided to kick it up a notch and take energy factor and mix it with something that is booze forward and ta-da! Pretty Plate’s version of the espresso martini is born. This cocktail gives you that extra kick of energy from the espresso and is sweet but not too sweet. These are perfect for when I need a little pick me up or an after dinner delight.

Not only do I love these for their taste and look. I love how fun and easy they are to make. You brew the espresso, place all ingredients in the shaker and shake away to mix! Within less than 10 minutes you have a perfectly made sippin‘ pretty cocktail in your hand. Don’t have espresso? No problem! Head to your nearest coffee shop and order some to go and you will be good to go!

Another nice touch I truly enjoy brining to this cocktail is garnishing it with 2 star anise’s. They are a very potent and they provide the perfect amount of spice on the top of the cocktail that seeps in as you drink it. So, it not only makes for a pretty garnish it provide a little spice to make it nice.

Moral of the story...when you mix coffee and liquor they are a match made in heaven and make for the perfect well balanced cocktail. So, run not walk to go grab your shaker and get your weekend started now!

Tag @prettyplatebymichelle or #prettyplatebymichelle if you started your weekend early with this sippin’ pretty cocktail. Cheers friends!

Makes 1 Cocktail, INGREDIENTS:

2 Shots or 2 4cl shots (if you are using a two sided jigger) Tito’s vodka

1 Shot or 1 2cl shot (if you are using a two sided jigger) Kahlua

1 TSP simple syrup

1 TSP vanilla extract

1 espresso shot from the Altissio nespresso pod or espresso of your choice

2 Star anise for garnish and extra flavor/spice on top


  1. Place ice at the bottom of your shaker.

  2. Combine all ingredients in your shaker over the ice.

  3. Shake your cocktail for 10-15 seconds.

  4. Strain into your glass of choice. Garnish with 2 star anise on top.

  5. ENJOY!


  1. Crate and Barrel Mini Espresso Cups with Saucer Set

  2. Williams Sonoma Bar Tool Set

  3. Nespresso Maker

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