Well hello! Check us out first post of 2020. So for Christmas I got gifted this espresso martini cocktail gift box. The gifted knew I like my espresso martinis and I do have a bit of a cup collecting addiction. I like cups/glasses- to the point that my husband has to confiscate my purse if I’m starting to look at cups or glasses in the homewares section of stores . But yeah I do like the idea of a cocktail kit in a box, all I had to do was add in my own alcohol.
Below is the method(straight from the box) of how I made up this cocktail:
- Rinse and Dry Martini Glass
- Grind the coffee beans (keep them course)
- Pour the coffee grounds into the water in the jar. Make sure the grounds are fully submerged.
- Let steep overnight in the refrigerator (at least 12 hours)
- Strain the cold brew into your shaker
- Dilute the cold brew with more water to taste if necessary
- Combine 1oz (30mls) Vodka and 1oz (30mls) cold brew into the shaker with ice. Shake well
- Strain into Martini glass
- Top off with vanilla flavour syrup to taste and serve
First off I was a bit thrown back with the coffee grinder situation….I don’t bloody find beans! I get them already ground up and in pod form so I had to ground them up myself in my mortar and pestle. That was a little fun at first I was living my childhood dream I felt like I was a witch grinding up ingredients for an evil potion. When I was a kid I wanted to be a witch with powers…..I wasn’t a normal kid. Blowing the tiny amount of coffee seemed odd considering I had used so much coffee and I didn’t see why it couldn’t have just been heated up coffee then let it cool. I honestly thought it was gong to taste amazing being as I do love my cold brew. I did find this was a cocktail you had to plan ahead with, it wasn’t a “oh I’ll make myself up a cocktail” I had to make sure I was planning to drink it the next day. Well I was it was new years eve come on! So anyway, I gave the martini a try with and without the syrup just to see which way would taste better. First I tried without and well it tasted like straight vodka. I had one sip and felt like I just had a shot, I mean it was STRONG! It was super vodka-y and I couldn’t taste any of the cold brew which was a bit disappointing. I then tried with the syrup and it just continued to go downhill it was very sweet and being syrup very sugary. I get like I was going to get drunk and diabetes at the same time.
So the gift itself I love. I like the idea and setup of the gift box as well as the fact you get a glass included. The test tubes that contained the ingredients were a fun touch to the kit too. The cocktail itself I wasn’t to thrilled with. I felt like it was a lot of work for the cocktail and the work didn’t pay off it really wasn’t nice. I actually ended up making one of my normal espresso martini’s because I was hanging for one but I just couldn’t finish this one. This was a great gift I just honestly wish it tasted better and was less work.