Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Toussaint Coffee Liqueur Espresso Martini Recipe

To celebrate the re-launch of Toussaint Coffee Liqueur in the UK in time for the Christmas holidays, I was sent a bottle to try. Being a major fan of coffee, I was super excited to try this exotic liqueur!

Toussaint was created in Haiti and is made with high quality Arabica coffee beans and 3 year old Caribbean rum. Taking it's name from the Haitian leader General Toussaint L'Ouverture, this lovely liquid packs a punch with the taste of espresso followed by a nice dry finish. I've tried this liqueur on it's own and it has a lovely, coffee taste.

Though Toussaint has multiple uses including cookery, baking, coffee drinks and of course cocktails, I just couldn't resist this opportunity to come up with a recipe for my favorite cocktail, the Espresso Martini. I don't know how these are normally made, but having drunk a few of them I basically went on taste and I've come up with an easy recipe that tastes just right!

I don't have an espresso machine or a fancy coffee maker, so this recipe can literally be made by anyone. If you don't own a cocktail shaker set, not to worry - I'm sure this would work just fine if you stirred it over ice in a glass with a spoon and strain it into a glass, but you might not get the same amount of frothy foam on the top. If you don't have a martini glass, it might be a blessing in disguise as I've been sloshing my martini all over the kitchen floor - just use a short rocks glass or a juice glass.

1 shot Absolute Vodka
1 shot Toussaint Coffee Liqueur
1 shot Percol Black & Beyond Instant Espresso
Vanilla pod/espresso beans for garnish (optional)

Martini Glass (or other)
Cocktail Shaker
Cocktail jigger measure (not essential, but it helps)


1. Fill your martini glass or other type of glass with ice and water; set aside. This is to chill the glass while you mix the cocktail.

2. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and pour in a shot of each of the liquid ingredients. (For the espresso, feel free to use which ever type of espresso you like and make sure it's prepared according to packet instructions for a shot, not a whole cup.)

3. Put the lid on the cocktail shaker and give your cocktail a good healthy shake! (This is the fun part!)

4. Remove the lid of the cocktail shaker and strain into your glass. Do not double strain or you may loose the frothy goodness on top of the martini.

5. If you have 3 espresso beans, float them on top of the foam. (Note: You must shake it well during step 3 to get enough foam to do this.) I didn't have any espresso beans handy so I used a vanilla pod laid across the top, which gives this drink a lovely aroma not to mention a luxurious quality as it's served.


Et Voila! Pink Julep's Toussaint Espresso Martini! I'm very pleased with how this drink turned out, especially since I used instant coffee. The liquor taste isn't too strong - it tastes like a very strong, very cold espresso. It's lovely, but be careful drinking these just before bedtime!

Toussaint is currently available at Selfridges.


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