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National Espresso Day

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Classy glass of espresso martini on a wooden table with a kitchen cloth and coffee beans

National Espresso Day

When Starbucks started adding espresso shots to their coffee (by request, of course), most Americans became familiar with it. For those who may not be, espresso is “a coffee-making method of Italian origin, in which a small amount of nearly boiling water is forced under pressure through finely-ground coffee beans.” Basically, it’s a very small but very highly caffeinated beverage. Espresso is great to get that jump-start in the morning or when that 2 o’clock feeling hits. With that being said, it’s 2020 and we need a little more than that. Cue our espresso martini.

On National Espresso Day, we show you how grown up espresso can really make your night. Or day. Again, it’s 2020 and we won’t judge. With just four simple ingredients, we created this sophisticated, double-trouble cocktail to enjoy after dinner. We don’t recommend swapping your morning coffee for this espresso but as long as you’re not driving, we won’t tell if you do. 

With one stop to Old Tennessee Distilling Company and a quick glance through your pantry, you should have everything you need to make this delightful after-dinner drink. It’s easy to whip up for yourself, or you can make it in a bigger batch for the upcoming holidays. 

As we mentioned, there are just four simple ingredients in our espresso martini and it couldn’t be easier to make. You’ll mix 1 and ½ ounces of our Dumplin Creek vodka, ¾ oz. of coffee liqueur, ¼ oz. of creme de cacao, and 1 oz. of cold espresso together and voila, your after-dinner espresso is ready to go. Through the years, we’ve made a few adjustments or changes to this recipe, depending on our mood, the season, etc. We love using our creme brulee or butterscotch cream liqueur in this recipe but it’s totally up to you. Our happy holiday nog is great if you start celebrating Christmas as soon as Halloween is over. This recipe is a great base, but feel free to make some tweaks and let us know what you end up with. Tag us in your social posts, we’d love to see your Espresso Day creations.


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