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Cheers to 2023! As 2022 comes to an end, it's time to start thinking about how to usher in the new year. Our recommendation: start off the new year with a bang by making our REgenerative take on a classic creamy caffeinated cocktail: the Espresso Martini!
What is a Martini?
Traditionally, a martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twists. However, a popular variation is the vodka martini, which uses vodka instead of gin for the cocktail's base spirit.
The Origins of the Martini
The exact origin of the martini is unclear as there are a couple of theories about it. Some say thee name may derive from a brand of vermouth known as "Martini". Another popular theory suggests it evolved from a cocktail called "The Martinez", which was served in the early 1860s at the Occidental Hotel San Francisco, which people frequented before taking an evening ferry to the nearby town of Martinez. Alternatively, residents of Martinez say a bartender in their town created the drink, while another source indicates that the drink was named after the town.
You can add "milk" to Martinis?!
Yes you can! Popular versions of martinis that contain cream or milk include the espresso martini and the chocolate martini. Cream will produce a rich drink and is often used in small quantities, while milk will create the lightest drinks, though this will vary depending on the milk used.
How to use BamNut Everyday Milk to make an Espresso Martini
In this recipe though, we opt for our plant-based BamNut Everyday Milk to achieve the perfect creamy flavour that isn't too rich or heavy! BamNut milk is an extremely versatile dairy-free milk that can be shaken, stirred and mixed well with different types of spirits. It can be enjoyed on its own or with a wide variety of cocktails, both hot and cold.
2 oz BamNut Everyday Milk
1 oz Kahlua
1 oz vodka
1 oz espresso
1 pinch of coffee grounds
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and add all ingredients.
Shake together for 15-20 seconds for the perfect, velvety foam.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Sprinkle with coffee grounds.
Serve & enjoy!