Espresso Daiquiri Cocktail Drink

Espresso Daiquiri

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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When you want a drink with a bit more flair, our Espresso Daiquiri recipe covers you! With just the right ingredients, this cocktail is a breeze to make.

Espresso Daiquiri Recipe

Discover the richness of coffee in a new light with this Espresso Daiquiri recipe! The blend of white rum and espresso ensures a robust and refreshing sip.

Prep time:

4 minutes

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

106 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz freshly brewed espresso, cooled
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Coffee beans, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Martini or Cocktail Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Stir some ice cubes in your glass.
  • Add Syrup: Measure and pour ½ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Espresso: Add 1 oz freshly brewed espresso to the shaker.
  • Add Rum: Pour 1 oz White Rum into the shaker.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake Well: Close the shaker tightly and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  • Strain and Pour: Fine strain the mixture into your empty and chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: Drop a few coffee beans on top for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: If you ever run out of white rum, I've had success using gold rum. It introduces a slightly richer flavor. For a smoky twist, a small amount of mezcal can be a game-changer.
  • Espresso: Using strong brewed coffee works if an espresso machine isn't on hand. Remember, it should be as robust as espresso.
  • Simple Syrup: I sometimes use agave syrup for a different sweetness profile. It's less processed and has a more natural flavor.

Making a Pitcher of Espresso Daiquiri:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, you'd want 8 oz of white rum, 8 oz of espresso, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: Combine the rum, espresso, and simple syrup in a large pitcher.
  • Serve: Shake portions as needed in a shaker with ice, strain into martini glasses, garnish with coffee beans, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • White Rum Substitute: Several non-alcoholic spirits on the market mimic the rum's flavor. Use one of those as a replacement.
  • Proceed As Usual: Follow the original steps using the non-alcoholic rum, and savor a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

If your simple syrup is store-bought, ensure it doesn't contain animal-derived ingredients (some may use bone char in the refining process). Alternatively, make your syrup at home using organic sugar and water in a 1:1 ratio. Boil until the sugar dissolves, then cool.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
106
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Sodium
 
12
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Potassium
 
42
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.03
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.03
g
Vitamin C
 
0.1
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
2
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Espresso Daiquiri Cocktail Drink

Espresso Daiquiri Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Discover the richness of coffee in a new light with this Espresso Daiquiri recipe! The blend of white rum and espresso ensures a robust and refreshing sip.
Prep time: 4 minutes
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 106

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz freshly brewed espresso - cooled
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Coffee beans - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Martini or Cocktail Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Stir some ice cubes in your glass.
  • Add Syrup: Measure and pour ½ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Espresso: Add 1 oz freshly brewed espresso to the shaker.
  • Add Rum: Pour 1 oz White Rum into the shaker.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake Well: Close the shaker tightly and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  • Strain and Pour: Fine strain the mixture into your empty and chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: Drop a few coffee beans on top for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: If you ever run out of white rum, I've had success using gold rum. It introduces a slightly richer flavor. For a smoky twist, a small amount of mezcal can be a game-changer.
  • Espresso: Using strong brewed coffee works if an espresso machine isn't on hand. Remember, it should be as robust as espresso.
  • Simple Syrup: I sometimes use agave syrup for a different sweetness profile. It's less processed and has a more natural flavor.

Making a Pitcher of Espresso Daiquiri:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, you'd want 8 oz of white rum, 8 oz of espresso, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: Combine the rum, espresso, and simple syrup in a large pitcher.
  • Serve: Shake portions as needed in a shaker with ice, strain into martini glasses, garnish with coffee beans, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • White Rum Substitute: Several non-alcoholic spirits on the market mimic the rum's flavor. Use one of those as a replacement.
  • Proceed As Usual: Follow the original steps using the non-alcoholic rum, and savor a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

If your simple syrup is store-bought, ensure it doesn't contain animal-derived ingredients (some may use bone char in the refining process). Alternatively, make your syrup at home using organic sugar and water in a 1:1 ratio. Boil until the sugar dissolves, then cool.

What is an Espresso Daiquiri?

Espresso Daiquiri is a spirited merger of coffee and rum in the cocktail world. It combines the deep flavors of freshly brewed espresso with the lively notes of white rum. Historians haven’t pinned down its origins, but it’s evident that the drink was born from a love of coffee and cocktails. The name “Espresso Daiquiri” is a straightforward nod to its primary ingredients. You might think you’d need a barista and a bartender to craft one, but the truth is, it’s more straightforward than it sounds. This Espresso Daiquiri recipe might seem high-end, but it’s quite straightforward.

A side shot of a Espresso Daiquiri cocktail in a martini glass on a white cloth placed on a brown placemat on a white table surrounded by a jigger, a bar spoon, some coffee beans, a brewed espresso, and a plate with spices, in front of a light grey wall.

What is a Espresso Daiquiri made of – The ingredients

To prepare your own Espresso Daiquiri, you will need these ingredients:

  • White Rum: The alcoholic base of the drink provides a clean and slightly sweet backdrop.
  • Freshly Brewed Espresso: Infuses the cocktail with a rich coffee flavor, offering depth and complexity.
  • Simple Syrup: Adds a sweetness, balancing the espresso’s bitterness.
  • Ice Cubes: Chills and dilutes the drink, ensuring it’s served at the perfect temperature and strength.
  • Coffee beans (optional for garnish): Enhances the coffee theme and adds a visual touch to the final presentation.

White Rum, freshly brewed espresso, simple syrup, and some coffee beans laid out on a white bar table.

Best Espresso Daiquiri

The best Espresso Daiquiri seamlessly merges the aromatic punch of freshly brewed coffee with the smooth charm of white rum. While quality rum will do the trick, many enthusiasts lean towards brands like Bacardi or Havana Club for that authentic touch. The key is balance; you want the deep, rich notes of the espresso to shine without being overwhelmed by the syrup’s sweetness or the rum’s kick. If you’re looking for a brand recommendation for the espresso shot, consider Illy or Lavazza. These brands consistently deliver a robust flavor profile that pairs exceptionally well with rum.

A side shot of a Espresso Daiquiri cocktail in a martini glass on a white cloth placed on a brown placemat on a white table surrounded by a muddler, a bar spoon, three coffee beans, a brewed espresso, and a plate with spices, in front of a light grey wall.

How do you make a Espresso Daiquiri?

Follow our easy guide to make your own Espresso Daiquiri:
1
Chill your martini or cocktail glass with some ice cubes.

Chill your martini or cocktail glass with some ice cubes.

2
Measure and pour 0.5 oz of simple syrup into the shaker, which will lend a touch of sweetness to balance the espresso’s bitterness.

Measure and pour 0.5 oz of simple syrup into the shaker, which will lend a touch of sweetness to balance the espresso’s bitterness.

3
Add 1 oz of freshly brewed espresso to introduce the deep coffee flavor.

Add 1 oz of freshly brewed espresso to introduce the deep coffee flavor.

4
Pour 1 oz of white Rum into the shaker for the alcoholic foundation.

Pour 1 oz of white Rum into the shaker for the alcoholic foundation.

5
Ice up the shaker.

Ice up the shaker.

6
Seal it tightly, and give it a vigorous shake for about 10-15 seconds, allowing the ingredients to mix thoroughly and take to the desired temperature.

Seal it tightly, and give it a vigorous shake for about 10-15 seconds, allowing the ingredients to mix thoroughly and take to the desired temperature.

7
Strain the mixture into your empty and chilled glass to remove ice shards.

Strain the mixture into your empty and chilled glass to remove ice shards.

8
For a finishing touch, drop a few coffee beans on top as a garnish, enhancing the coffee theme and adding a visual delight.

For a finishing touch, drop a few coffee beans on top as a garnish, enhancing the coffee theme and adding a visual delight.

Espresso Daiquiri vs. White Rum Espresso Martini – What’s the difference?

Espresso Daiquiri combines white rum, espresso, and simple syrup to deliver a cocktail with the warmth of coffee and tropical rum notes. On the other hand, a White Rum Espresso Martini swaps out the traditional vodka base of a regular Espresso Martini for white rum, blending it with espresso and coffee liqueur. While both drinks utilize white rum and espresso, the Espresso Daiquiri leans on simple syrup for sweetness. In contrast, the White Rum Espresso Martini brings in the depth and sweetness of coffee liqueur. The choice of sweetener and the inclusion of coffee liqueur are the pivotal differences between the two beverages.

A Espresso Daiquiri, shot from above, in a martini glass on a white marmol table surrounded by white Rum, freshly brewed espresso, simple syrup, and some coffee beans.

History and Origin of the Espresso Daiquiri

The Espresso Daiquiri draws its roots from coffee and the classic Daiquiri. While the exact origin and inventor of the Espresso Daiquiri remains ambiguous, its development makes sense when you consider the broader context.

The classic Daiquiri originated in Cuba in the late 19th century and consists of rum, lime juice, and sugar. Its simplicity and elegance quickly made it a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts.

 

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FAQ

How many calories are in an Espresso Daiquiri?
A standard Espresso Daiquiri typically contains around 150-200 calories, but this can vary based on the specific ingredients and serving size used.
How strong is an Espresso Daiquiri in terms of alcohol content?
An Espresso Daiquiri generally has an ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of about 20-25%, translating to 40-50 proof, depending on the rum and ratio.
What type of alcohol is used in an Espresso Daiquiri?
The primary alcohol in an Espresso Daiquiri is white rum.
In which glass is an Espresso Daiquiri typically served?
Traditionally, an Espresso Daiquiri is served in a martini or cocktail glass.
What does an Espresso Daiquiri taste like?
The Espresso Daiquiri offers a robust coffee flavor combined with the slightly sweet and alcoholic undertones of white rum.
What’s the typical ratio of ingredients in an Espresso Daiquiri?
Most commonly, the ratio is 1:1:0.5 of white rum, espresso, and simple syrup.
How is the Espresso Daiquiri served with ice?
The Espresso Daiquiri is shaken with ice and then strained, serving it “up” without ice in the glass.
What’s the origin of the Espresso Daiquiri?
The cocktail is a fusion of the classic Daiquiri and the global love for espresso, popularized in the late 20th century.
Is there a specific rum recommended for an Espresso Daiquiri?
While white rum is traditional, any quality rum that complements the espresso’s flavor can work.
Can you use instant coffee instead of espresso?
While fresh coffee is preferred for its rich flavor, instant coffee can be used in a pinch but might slightly alter the taste.

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