May 08, 2020

Brew Diligence Day Six: Happy Hour!

Welcome to Brew Diligence, our at-home coffee education series.

One thing we love almost as much as coffee is COCKTAILS. Lucky us, our Sales Rep, Sam, has a background in mixology. Sam recommends the recipe below, and Carrie from our Marketing Team made it using her own, um, rudimentary materials.

Sam’s Espresso Martini


Carrie Says: Sam did not specify a brand here, but did note that a flavored vodka, like Vanilla Stoli, would be good too. Lucky for me, I found a bottle of Vanilla Vodka collecting dust on my bar. Off to a strong start!


Carrie Says: Like many of you, I do not have an espresso machine at home, and as Sam emphasized “nothing really replaces espresso in this cocktail.” However, I’m scrappy, so I did my best with an Aeropress. See directions below for my method. An espresso shot it is not, but for a quarantini, it did the trick.

Redline’s creamy, fruity notes worked great here, making my martini the perfect after-dinner dessert sipper. For a bolder, smokier drink, try Spice Island or French Roast!


Carrie Says: Sam recommends St. George’s NOLA Coffee Liqueur if you can find it. It’s drier and more complex than your average coffee liqueur. I opted for the bottle of Kahlua collecting dust next to my vanilla vodka.

Carrie hasn’t been leaving the house much


1. Pull your espresso shot. If using an Aeropress, follow our Aeropress Home Brew Instructions, using approximately a 1:3 coffee-to-water ratio. The whole brew should take about 30 seconds.

If you make this drink with a regular brewed ounce of coffee, just know that it will have a thinner body and flavor than it would with a shot of espresso. On the flip side, it’s also going to be coffee with a bunch of booze in it, which, though not ideal, definitely does not suck!

2. Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake. Strain into a martini glass.

3. Enjoy!

Behold! The Finished Product.

We can’t wait to pull espresso shots for you again soon. Happy brewing and happy sipping. Cheers!