Cocktail Hour: Espresso Martini

I couldn’t resist adding a few cocktails to our recent Easter menu. For what better way to kick of a day of Easter frivolity than with some fun drinks. My little brother was more than happy to play bartender on the day – and wasted no time in shaking up cocktails to hand around.  

And after being up since the crack of dawn (or before the crack of dawn) the addition of an Espresso Martini to the menu was a welcome one.

Simply – 30ml kahlua, 40ml vodka and 40ml freshly brewed espresso. Shaken over lots of ice, and poured into a martini glass.

And after my first sip – well I was hooked! This is now one of my favourite cocktails – and one that I will be sure to make again.

Delish! And I’ll be back to share our other Easter cocktail later in the week.

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Cocktail Hour: Espresso Martini
Course Cocktail
Cuisine Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktail
Cuisine Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
  1. Place Kahlua, Vodka and Espresso into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill with ice and shake. Pour into a martini glass to serve.
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Rise & Shine Granola (espresso, cocoa and date)

IMG_6645 Normally when I make granola I keep the favours quite simple. Just standard nuts and seeds, or perhaps a mixture like cranberry / coconut. This time, however, I wanted to try something new. Something with a little extra ‘kick’ for those mornings when you have had to drag yourself out of bed. Enter: Rise and Shine Granola. With the added kick of freshly ground coffee! First – the dry ingredients… IMG_6551 And then the wet… IMG_6552 Warmed and poured over the dry mix.   IMG_6555 Stirred to combine, then baked for 40 minutes. IMG_6564     Before adding the final ingredients, chopped dates and flaked almonds. IMG_6612 A new take on a old favourite. IMG_6627 I really like this granola. The coffee and cocoa were subtle, but present…  IMG_6653 And actually made the milk I poured over the granola taste almost like a mocha milkshake! IMG_6641IMG_6644 While the almonds and walnuts provide that much-needed granola crunch.  IMG_6632 IMG_6624 And, being a sucker for dates, I would probably add even more next time!  IMG_6649  oooh and before you store it all away, don’t forget to sample the batch… IMG_6659 You know….for quality assurance 😉  IMG_6608 Rise & Shine Granola

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup rolled spelt*
  • 1 cup puffed rice*
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup apple juice (made from 1tsp concentrate mixed with1/2 cup water)*
  • 1 tbs freshly ground coffee
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs macadamia oil
  • 2tbs agave nectar
  • 100g dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Combine the oats, puffed rice, pepitas, sunflower seeds and walnuts in a large bowl.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the apple juice, coffee, cocoa powder, brown sugar, oil and agave necatr. Microwave for 30 seconds, or until warm and the sugar has melted.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir well to combine.
  5. Spread onto a lined baking tray, then bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool, then stir through the dates and flaked almonds.
  7. Store in an airtight container.

What about you? Do you have a favourite granola variety? Happy Baking:)