Holiday Espresso Martini Recipe

My favorite holiday recipe is none other than my take on a classic cocktail, Espresso Martini, a  delightful concoction that’s perfect for festive gatherings or cozy nights by the fire. Let me share  with you my go-to recipe that never fails to impress my friends and family during this magical  time of year! Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz Vodkow vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlúa
  • 1 oz freshly brewed espresso (chilled)
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cardamom
  • Ice cubes
  • Coffee beans for garnish (optional)


  • Brew the Espresso: Start by brewing a strong shot of espresso. Allow it to cool down, and then chill it in the refrigerator. You want your espresso to be cold to ensure a refreshing cocktail.
  • Prepare the Glass: Chill your martini glass in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes. A frosted glass adds an extra touch of elegance to your Espresso Martini experience. • Shake Things Up: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add the vodka, coffee liqueur, chilled espresso, cardamom, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  • Shake, Shake, Shake: Secure the lid tightly on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. The key to a perfect Espresso Martini is achieving a rich, frothy top. • Strain and Pour: Remove the ice from the chilled martini glass and attach a strainer to the shaker. Carefully pour the contents of the shaker into the glass.
  • Garnish with Flair: For an extra festive touch, you can garnish your Espresso Martini with a few coffee beans on top. Not only do they add a visually appealing element, but they also enhance the aroma of the cocktail.
  • Sip and Savor: Now comes the best part – take a moment to appreciate the rich, velvety texture and the harmonious blend of coffee and spirits. Your holiday celebration just got a whole lot merrier!

My Espresso Martini recipe is a delightful way to infuse a bit of caffeine and flavour into your  holiday festivities. Whether you’re hosting a party or enjoying a quiet evening by the fireplace,  this cocktail is sure to elevate your spirits. Cheers to a season filled with warmth, joy, and the  magic of the Espresso Martini! ☕��✨

About the Chef:

With 15+ years of experience, Chef Imrun Texeira has worked  in some of the world’s best and most influential restaurants,  including 3 Michelin Starred Noma in Copenhagen. Most  recently Imrun received the 2023 Leader Award of Excellence  from Restaurants Canada. This award recognizes that in the  development and progression of his career, he has set a new  standard of excellence for his leadership, creativity, and  ambition. He was also awarded the 2023 Alumni of Distinction  Award for Apprentice of the Year by Algonquin College. 

Chef Texeira has been named as a recipient of the Top 30- Under-30 Award for hospitality leaders in Canada and as a  rising talent in North America by The Art of Plating. Imrun has  starred on the Food Network’s Top Chef Canada Season 8 and  Chopped Canada Season 3. 

Chef Imrun is inspired by the flavours of his South Asian and  East African roots. He showcases seasonal Canadian produce  and meticulously sources spices to create his whimsical culinary  creations. 

Texeira continues to contribute to the Canadian food scene by  advocating for better work conditions and mental health support  for those in hospitality as the Chief Ambassador for The Burnt  Chef Project. He also shares his love and knowledge of food by  working with kids of all ages and teaching them about  Hospitality & Tourism Pathways.

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