Mezcal Espresso Martini Cocktail Drink

Mezcal Espresso Martini

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

Are you craving something different? This Mezcal Espresso Martini recipe is just the ticket! It’s a fun drink with excellent ingredients; you’ll have no trouble making it.

Mezcal Espresso Martini Recipe

Get cozy this winter with a straightforward Mezcal Espresso Martini recipe! It uses Mezcal, espresso, coffee liqueur, and a bit of agave syrup to create a stimulating cocktail.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

188 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Mezcal
  • ½ oz coffee Liqueur
  • oz agave syrup
  • 1 oz freshly brewed espresso
  • 2 dashes of Xocolatl Mole Bitters, optional
  • Ice cubes
  • Coffee beans, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Coupe Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Fill a cocktail glass (coupe style) with ice and set it aside..
  • Add Bitters (optional): Pour 2 dashes of Xocolatl Mole Bitters into the shaker.
  • Add Agave Syrup: Measure out and pour ⅓ oz agave syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Espresso: Add 1 oz freshly brewed espresso to the shaker.
  • Add Coffee Liqueur: Add ½ oz coffee Liqueur.
  • Add Mezcal: Finally, add 1½ oz Mezcal into the shaker.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, cap it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Discard the ice inside the cocktail glass. Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a few coffee beans on top.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Mezcal: If you don't have Mezcal on hand, you can use tequila as a substitute. It won't have the same smoky flavor but will still work well with the coffee notes.
  • Coffee Liqueur: If you're out of coffee, try using a dark creme de cacao or a chocolate liqueur for a different twist.
  • Agave syrup: if you’re out of agave syrup, you can use simple syrup or cane sugar syrup.
  • Mole Bitters: you can also try using chocolate or cocoa bitters, or simply omit the bitters altogether. 
  • Espresso: Strong brewed coffee can be used instead if you don't have an espresso machine.

Making a Pitcher of Mezcal Espresso Martini:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Mezcal, 4 oz of coffee liqueur, 8 oz of freshly brewed espresso, 2½ oz of agave syrup, and 16 dashes of Mole Bitters (if using).
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Mezcal, coffee liqueur, and espresso. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into chilled coupe glasses, and garnish with coffee beans. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container.
  • Bartender’s tips: Once you’ve removed the ice from the pitcher, you can use a handheld frother to emulsify the drink and create a nice layer of foam on top.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Mezcal Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spirit that has a smoky flavor profile, or a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands are available that mimic Tequila's flavor quite well. You can also try making your own substitute by mixing together water, a pinch of smoked salt, a splash of tonic and a bit of agave syrup (to taste).
  • Coffee Liqueur Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic coffee-flavored syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Labels: Ensure your Mezcal, coffee liqueur, and espresso are vegan-friendly. Some brands may use animal products in their production process.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you've confirmed all your vegan ingredients, follow the original steps to make your vegan Mezcal Espresso Martini.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
188
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.04
g
0
%
Sodium
 
6
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
15
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sugar
 
13
g
14
%
Potassium
 
34
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.04
g
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
1
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Mezcal Espresso Martini Cocktail Drink

Mezcal Espresso Martini Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Get cozy this winter with a straightforward Mezcal Espresso Martini recipe! It uses Mezcal, espresso, coffee liqueur, and a bit of agave syrup to create a stimulating cocktail.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 188

Ingredients
 

  • oz Mezcal
  • ½ oz coffee Liqueur
  • oz agave syrup
  • 1 oz freshly brewed espresso
  • 2 dashes of Xocolatl Mole Bitters - optional
  • Ice cubes
  • Coffee beans - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Coupe Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Fill a cocktail glass (coupe style) with ice and set it aside..
  • Add Bitters (optional): Pour 2 dashes of Xocolatl Mole Bitters into the shaker.
  • Add Agave Syrup: Measure out and pour ⅓ oz agave syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Espresso: Add 1 oz freshly brewed espresso to the shaker.
  • Add Coffee Liqueur: Add ½ oz coffee Liqueur.
  • Add Mezcal: Finally, add 1½ oz Mezcal into the shaker.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, cap it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Discard the ice inside the cocktail glass. Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a few coffee beans on top.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Mezcal: If you don't have Mezcal on hand, you can use tequila as a substitute. It won't have the same smoky flavor but will still work well with the coffee notes.
  • Coffee Liqueur: If you're out of coffee, try using a dark creme de cacao or a chocolate liqueur for a different twist.
  • Agave syrup: if you’re out of agave syrup, you can use simple syrup or cane sugar syrup.
  • Mole Bitters: you can also try using chocolate or cocoa bitters, or simply omit the bitters altogether. 
  • Espresso: Strong brewed coffee can be used instead if you don't have an espresso machine.

Making a Pitcher of Mezcal Espresso Martini:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Mezcal, 4 oz of coffee liqueur, 8 oz of freshly brewed espresso, 2½ oz of agave syrup, and 16 dashes of Mole Bitters (if using).
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Mezcal, coffee liqueur, and espresso. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into chilled coupe glasses, and garnish with coffee beans. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container.
  • Bartender’s tips: Once you’ve removed the ice from the pitcher, you can use a handheld frother to emulsify the drink and create a nice layer of foam on top.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Mezcal Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spirit that has a smoky flavor profile, or a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands are available that mimic Tequila's flavor quite well. You can also try making your own substitute by mixing together water, a pinch of smoked salt, a splash of tonic and a bit of agave syrup (to taste).
  • Coffee Liqueur Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic coffee-flavored syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Labels: Ensure your Mezcal, coffee liqueur, and espresso are vegan-friendly. Some brands may use animal products in their production process.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you've confirmed all your vegan ingredients, follow the original steps to make your vegan Mezcal Espresso Martini.

What is a Mezcal Espresso Martini?

A Mezcal Espresso Martini is a smoky, coffee-based cocktail made of Mezcal, espresso, and coffee liqueur. This drink is easy to make if you can access fresh espresso and quality mezcal. It’s an exciting variant of the well-known Espresso Martini, which traditionally uses vodka instead of Mezcal. The unique aspect that sets this cocktail apart from others lies in its combination – the smoky flavor profile from the Mezcal perfectly complements the rich bitterness derived from freshly brewed espresso.

A side shot of a Mezcal Espresso Martini in a cocktail glass on a white coaster placed on a white marmol table surrounded by a red cloth and cofee beans.

What is a Mezcal Espresso Martini made of – The ingredients

The formula for a Mezcal Espresso Martini requires these ingredients:

  • Mezcal: A smoky agave-based liquor, it forms the cocktail’s base and provides a robust flavor profile.
  • Espresso: This strong coffee adds a rich, bitter taste and a caffeine kick.
  • Coffee Liqueur: Enhances the espresso’s flavor and adds a sweet touch.
  • Agave Syrup: Balances out the bitterness of the espresso and the smokiness of the Mezcal with its sweetness.
  • Three Coffee Beans: Used as a garnish, they represent health, wealth, and happiness.

A Mezcal Espresso Martini cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a beige surface surrounded by Mezcal, coffee Liqueur, agave syrup, brewed espresso, Xocolatl Mole Bitters and coffee beans

How do you make a Mezcal Espresso Martini?

Our stepwise guide simplifies the process of making a Mezcal Espresso Martini for you:

1
<p>Begin by chilling your cocktail glass, ensuring your cocktail stays cool for longer. You can do this by filling the glass with ice and setting it aside while you prepare the cocktail.</p>

Begin by chilling your cocktail glass, ensuring your cocktail stays cool for longer. You can do this by filling the glass with ice and setting it aside while you prepare the cocktail.

2
<p>Next, take your cocktail shaker and pour 2 dashes of Mole bitters inside (this step is optional).</p>

Next, take your cocktail shaker and pour 2 dashes of Mole bitters inside (this step is optional).

3
<p>Add 1 ounce of freshly brewed espresso to the shaker.</p>

Add 1 ounce of freshly brewed espresso to the shaker.

4
<p>Add ⅓ ounce of agave syrup to the shaker. The agave syrup acts as a sweetener, balancing out the espresso's bitterness and the Mezcal's smokiness.</p>

Add ⅓ ounce of agave syrup to the shaker. The agave syrup acts as a sweetener, balancing out the espresso's bitterness and the Mezcal's smokiness.

5
<p>Follow this with ½ ounce of coffee liqueur. The coffee liqueur adds a sweet, rich depth to the cocktail, complementing the smoky Mezcal and the bitter espresso.</p>

Follow this with ½ ounce of coffee liqueur. The coffee liqueur adds a sweet, rich depth to the cocktail, complementing the smoky Mezcal and the bitter espresso.

6
<p>Pour 1½ ounces of Mezcal into the cocktail shaker. Mezcal is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey (or agave) plant native to Mexico, and it gives the cocktail its distinctive smoky flavor.</p>

Pour 1½ ounces of Mezcal into the cocktail shaker. Mezcal is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey (or agave) plant native to Mexico, and it gives the cocktail its distinctive smoky flavor.

7
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

8
<p>Once all the ingredients are in the shaker, secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and chill the cocktail.</p>

Once all the ingredients are in the shaker, secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and chill the cocktail.

9
<p>Discard the ice inside the cocktail glass. Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass (this is called a “double strain” and will ensure no shards of ice or citrus pulp goes into your drink, leaving only a smooth and clean cocktail).</p>

Discard the ice inside the cocktail glass. Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass (this is called a “double strain” and will ensure no shards of ice or citrus pulp goes into your drink, leaving only a smooth and clean cocktail).

10
<p>For the finishing touch, garnish the cocktail with three coffee beans. The coffee beans add a decorative touch and enhance the aroma of the cocktail, making it even more enjoyable to drink. You can also use a microplane to grate one or two coffee beans on the surface of the drink.</p>

For the finishing touch, garnish the cocktail with three coffee beans. The coffee beans add a decorative touch and enhance the aroma of the cocktail, making it even more enjoyable to drink. You can also use a microplane to grate one or two coffee beans on the surface of the drink.

History and Origin of the Mezcal Espresso Martini

Back in the 1980s, a famous bartender named Dick Bradsell was working at Fred’s Club in London. One day, a young model walked into his bar and asked for a drink to “wake her up and then mess her up.” This unusual request inspired Bradsell. He mixed vodka with fresh espresso and coffee liqueur, shook it with ice to create a frothy top, and voila! The first-ever Espresso Martini was born.

Mezcal is an alcoholic drink from Mexico made from the agave plant. It has a smoky flavor that adds depth to the cocktail. This smokiness goes perfectly with the bitter espresso and sweet coffee liqueur.

A Mezcal Espresso Martini cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a beige surface surrounded by Mezcal, coffee Liqueur, agave syrup, brewed espresso, Xocolatl Mole Bitters and coffee beans

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Mezcal Espresso Martini?
A standard serving contains approximately 220-250 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Mezcal Espresso Martini?
The strength of a Mezcal Espresso Martini can vary based the amount and on the type of mezcal used (some can go up to 55% ABV - 110 proof!). Typically, the Mezcal Espresso Martini has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 17-20%, translating to 34-40 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Mezcal Espresso Martini?
As the name suggests, a Mezcal Espresso Martini uses Mezcal, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any agave plant native to Mexico. It's known for its smoky flavor, which adds depth to the cocktail.
In what kind of glass is a Mezcal Espresso Martini served?
Traditionally, a Mezcal Espresso Martini is served in a chilled martini or coupe glass to maintain its temperature and enhance its presentation.
What does a Mezcal Espresso Martini taste like?
A Mezcal Espresso Martini offers an intriguing blend of flavors. The smokiness of the Mezcal contrasts with the rich, bitter notes of espresso and the sweetness of coffee liqueur. It's often described as bold, complex, and slightly sweet with a smoky note.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Mezcal Espresso Martini?
The typical ratio for a Mezcal Espresso Martini is 1 part coffee liqueur to 2 parts fresh espresso, 3 parts Mezcal and ¾ part agave syrup.
How is a Mezcal Espresso Martini served?
A Mezcal Espresso Martini is typically served up, meaning without ice. After shaking the ingredients with ice to chill and dilute the cocktail, it's strained into a chilled glass, without ice this time.

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