“An Espresso Martini can change the trajectory of your night, and the older I get, the earlier I tend to drink mine,” says Lauren Corriveau. Her Espresso Martini riff, the Counterpoint, introduces tonic, reminiscent of the classic café combination of espresso and tonic. Cold-brew concentrate combined with a split base of Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal and bittersweet Italian vermouth Punt e Mes mixes the flavors of dark cherry, chocolate and orange notes with the fruity, oaked qualities of the Cognac. Corriveau advises to spare no expense when it comes to the espresso element. “Remember, the Espresso Martini is named for the coffee for a reason,” she says.
- 1 ounce Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal
- 1 ounce Punt e Mes
- 1 ounce freshly brewed espresso or cold-brew concentrate
- 1/4 ounce white crème de cacao
- 3 ounces tonic water, preferably Fever-Tree
Garnish: orange wedge
- Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and briefly shake to chill.
- Strain into a Collins glass over ice cubes.
- Top with tonic water and garnish with an orange wedge.