Espresso shrub martini served in a martini glass

Espresso shrub martini

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Prep: 10 mins plus chilling


Serves 2

Enjoy this lower-alcohol espresso martini. It's great for parties and festive gatherings where guests may like a drink with less alcohol but plenty of cheer

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal135
  • fat0.1g
  • saturates0.1g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0.2g
  • salt0.04g


    For the coffee shrub

    • 100ml strong black coffee or espresso, or use instant espresso powder
    • 50g golden caster sugar
    • 50g balsamic vinegar
      Balsamic vinegar

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      True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

    For the cocktail

    • ice
    • 30ml vodka



      Originally associated with Russia, Slavonic, Baltic and Scandinavian countries, vodka has become…

    • 50ml strong black coffee or espresso, or use instant espresso powder

    For the garnish

    • 4 coffee beans
    • 2 cardamom pods


    1. To make the coffee shrub, pour the coffee or espresso into a jug with the sugar. Stir to dissolve, then leave the mixture to cool completely before adding the vinegar. Transfer to the fridge and chill until needed. Can be made up to a day ahead.

    2. To make the cocktail, put two martini or small coupe glasses in the fridge to chill until cold.

    3. Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add 50ml of the coffee shrub, the vodka and coffee or espresso. Shake really well, until the outside of the shaker feels cold, then strain into the chilled glasses. Top each with two coffee beans and a cardamom pod.

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