A great after-dinner drink, this cocktail can take the place of coffee and dessert all at once.
And it's definitely a classier move than ordering a vodka and Red Bull, if you need a pick-me-up but you're in polite company.
Compensate for the shortening days by going with this caffeinated libation and seizing the night.
Carpe Noctem (or, The Perfect Espresso Martini, if you prefer that name):
In a cocktail shaker packed with ice, add:
- 1 shot hot espresso
- 1 oz. vanilla vodka
- .5 oz Baileys Irish Cream
- .25 oz Creme de Cacao
- .25 oz Kahlua
- dash of Frangelico
Shake sharply, strain into chilled martini glass, garnish with a few espresso beans.
– Joe Howell, Head Bartender, The Spoke Club, www.thespokeclub.com