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
Servings
drink
Ingredients
Course Cocktail
Cuisine Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
drink
Ingredients
Instructions
  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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White Russian cheesecake slice

IMG_2907 Our recent Russian-inspired lunch was a lot of fun. The blini topped with prosciutto and basil crème fraiche were well received as appetisers, and our bellies were well and truly warmed after the beef and vegetarian stroganoffs. But it was dessert that had me the most stumped when it came to planning the menu. For it seems that Russia is not necessarily known for the cakes and slices we are used to. IMG_2913 I kept coming back to the idea of White Russian cocktails – a delicious blend of kahlua, vodka and milk – that also happened to be one of my favourite ‘staff drinks’ enjoyed after a long night shift at the pub I worked at throughout uni. So it was with the cocktail in mind that my Russian-inspired dessert came to be… cheesecake A rich indulgent dessert slice to keep even the greatest of sweet-tooths happy. But is it a brownie? IMG_2901 Or a cheesecake? IMG_2905 Well lovely people… it is both! IMG_2911 A layer of kahlua brownie on the bottom, and a layer of creamy vodka vanilla cheesecake on the top. IMG_2900 A cocktail in edible form if you please 🙂 The brownie layer was certainly rich, but worked well with the creamy cheesecake. The hint of kahlua was also a nice addition. IMG_2898 And, if the lack of leftovers is anything to go by, I think our guests gave the tick of approval! White Russian Cheesecake Slice (serves 14)

  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 125g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup spelt flour (or GF flour to make a GF version), sifted
  • 1/4 cup GF self raising flour, sifted
  • 2tbs kahlua
  • 250g cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs vodka
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 125ml cream
  • cocoa powder
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a square cake tin with baking paper.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate, kahlua and butter over a low heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Cream 1/2 cup caster sugar and 1 egg until light in colour and creamy. Add chocolate mixture and flours, and stir until just combined. Pour into prepared tin and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, 1 egg, vanilla, vodka, 1/3 cup caster sugar until smooth. Beat in cream, then pour mixture on top of the brownie layer.
  5. Bake for a further 15 minutes, turn off the oven, and allow the cheesecake to cool with the oven door ajar.
  6. Once cooled to room temperature, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours (or overnight). Slice, dust with sifted cocoa powder, and serve.

What about you? What is your favourite cocktail? aside from White Russians, I am quite fond of Caprioskas…..although there is still 4.5 months until I can indulge in one lol.