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With National Espresso Martini (March 15th) quickly approaching, it’s the perfect excuse to shake up a glass of the rich, indulgent, and caffeinated cocktail that has taken over the beverage industry. Hate it or love it, the Espresso Martini has become a menu staple, from afternoon brunch with friends, to dinner at a high-end restaurant, to a nightcap at a swanky bar.  

We’ve collated a stellar selection of recipes that will please caffeine addicts and cocktail connoisseurs alike from our friends at Char & Stave, Bluebird Distilling’s coffee roastery and full-service café-by-day and cocktail bar-by-night, Tamworth Distilling, the rural New Hampshire distillery best known for bold experimentations and boundary-pushing spirits, Tenango Rum, the brand-new Latina-owned spirit, and The Pathfinder Hemp and Root, the pioneering nonalcoholic elixir trailblazing through the spirits industry. 

See below for recipes and instructions.


Char & Stave Espresso Martini 


  • 2 oz. Bluebird Distilling Vodka 
  • .5 oz. coffee liqueur 
  • 1 oz. Char & Stave Everyday Espresso 
  • .25 oz. simple syrup 

Glassware: Martini 

Garnish: Toasted cardamom 

Instructions: Add vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of toasted cardamom. 


Tamworth Distilling’s Aquavit Espresso Martini 

Recipe courtesy of Lee Noble, Quaker City Mercantile Cocktail Specialist 


  • 1.5 oz. Tamworth Distilling’s White Mountain Skiklubben Aquavit 
  • 1 oz. coffee liqueur 
  • 1 shot of espresso or 1 oz. cold brew concentrate 
  • .5 oz. demerara syrup* 

Glassware: Coupe 

Garnish: Three coffee beans 

Instructions: Add aquavit, coffee liqueur, espresso/cold brew concentrate, and demerara syrup to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with three coffee beans. 

*Demerara syrup: Add equal parts sugar and water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Let cool, then store in an airtight container. 


Tenango Rum Espresso Martini 


  • 1 oz. Tenango Rum 
  • 1 oz. coffee liqueur 
  • 1 oz. simple syrup 
  • 1 oz. espresso 

Glassware: Martini 

Garnish: Star anise 

Instructions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake until chilled. Strain into chilled martini glass, and garnish with star anise. 


The Pathfinder Espresso Martini 


  • 1.5 oz. The Pathfinder Hemp and Root 
  • 1.5 oz. vodka 
  • 1 shot of espresso or cold brew concentrate 

Glassware: Martini 

Garnish: Lemon slice 

Instructions: Add ice and all ingredients to a shaker, shake until chilled. Strain into chilled martini glass.