Spicy Blue Bottle Espresso Martini

spicy espresso martini

Earlier this year Casey and I spent an entire week coming up with this Spiced Espresso Martini drink for a San Francisco themed episode of Food(ography) with Mo Rocca on the The Cooking Channel.  Within a few days our kitchen literally smelled like a coffee shop and I ingested more sweetened condensed milk than I care to talk about. We were so high on caffeine that week; fortunately this drink was worth the effort!

curry powder & chili

We made this cocktail with our favorite local coffee roasters- Blue Bottle Coffee. Their Hayes Valley Espresso has just the right amount of sweet & spice with a hint of chocolate that works beautifully with this martini. You should really taste a sip of the condensed milk/espresso mixture before you get to mixing your cocktail. It's heaven!  Now let's discuss the spice! There's curry AND chili powder in this martini. It may sound weird but let me tell you it's absolutely scrumptious. If you're daring and you enjoy a spicy kick, add a very small dash of cayenne.  Everyone at the dinner party LOVED this cocktail and I'm pretty sure you will too.


So here's the scoop. I made this drink for TV! You're invited to watch me mix it up!

WHERE: The Cooking Channel

TV SHOW: Food(ography) with Mo Rocca

WHEN: It aired last night! Check your local listings or The Cooking Channel Website!

DINNER PARTY GUESTS: Kasey & Matt from Turntable Kitchen & Megan of Marge Bakery & A Sweet Spoonful.

And we're off!

Get your ingredients together!


Put two tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk in a lil' cup with the espresso.

condensed milk & espresso

STIR. Taste. Yum.


Get out some ice cubes.

ice cubes

Add them to your shaker with the sweetened condensed milk/espresso and milk.

in the shaker

Pour in your vodka & spices!


Seal the lid and SHAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hello frothy drink! Now add a few coffee beans on top!

frothy goodness

And there you have it! A Spicy Espresso Martini made with killer Blue Bottle Coffee!

three beans


Spicy Blue Bottle Espresso Martini

(recipe a Shutterbean Original)

Makes one hefty cocktail

  • 1 double shot espresso (Blue Bottle Hayes Valley)
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • ice cubes
  • 1 oz. whole milk
  • 1 oz. vodka (we used Pearl Vodka)
  • 1/16 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/16 teaspoon chili powder
  • coffee beans for garnish

Mix espresso with the sweetened condensed milk in a small cup and stir to combine.  Fill up a cocktail shaker with ice, add the espresso/condensed milk mixtures as well as the milk, vodka, curry powder and chili powder.  Shake until well combined and pour directly into a martini glass. The more you shake, the frothier your drink is! Garnish with a few coffee beans for good measure.

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  • August 10, 2011

    sooooo amazing my friend! i am so proud. i lovies you. xo.

    • August 10, 2011

      big smootches to you my pretty!

  • August 10, 2011

    that sounds FREIKIN DELICIOUS! I will absolutely be making that next dinner party I throw!

  • August 10, 2011

    Tracy, how exciting that you were on the Cooking Channel! i'm totally going to look for you the next time i'm watching the show!

    also, i'm a sucker for a good espresso martini, and this looks amazing! love it!

    • August 10, 2011

      Thank you!! I bet you'll like this!

  • August 10, 2011

    It was absolutely delicious and you were great on TV! woot!

    • August 10, 2011

      That close up of your egg....dang girl. DANG. I wish I wasn't cleansing right now.

  • August 10, 2011

    Looks delicious! And how can I see it? I didn't find a link to view on the website....

    • August 10, 2011

      I'll have to find out!!!

  • Stella
    August 10, 2011

    Have you ever tried St. George Spirits' Firelit? I bet it would be a fantastic addition to this - I even have the batch that was made with Blue Bottle Coffee!

    • August 10, 2011

      No I haven't! I should and WILL!

  • August 10, 2011

    Yum! I was hoping we'd get the recipe! You were super cute on TV (as in real life)!

  • August 10, 2011

    Love this. So yummy looking!

  • August 10, 2011

    i swear I can smell those ingredients through my computer screen. . . your photos really do it justice. and what? you were on tv? awesome.

    also, I'll condense comments by saying here that I LOVED your recap of your trip to The French Laundry. It's amazing how they've elevated food to such beautiful art.

  • August 10, 2011

    yes! i just set a recording for this. i love martinis AND coffee anythings!

  • August 10, 2011

    Psh. Thanks for the heads up, Tracy! How am I supposed to tell you have adorable you are now? I'll be checking my DVR when I get home. How exciting! Congrats on your silver screen debut!

    Also, love you choice of roaster. :)

  • Jessica Craig
    August 10, 2011

    seriously going to make this as soon as humanly possible. you amaze me, sista!

  • I wish I was in on the development process - I could have really helped you out with the 'ingesting lots of sweetened condensed milk' part he he. Looks creamy and delish. Congrats on the TV spot you star!

  • August 10, 2011

    I actually had dreams about this cocktail. Now...it's time to relive it! This was seriously the highlight of the night, Tracy. Thanks for posting--can't wait to see us in action (curse the day I decided to cancel cable!)

  • August 10, 2011

    So awesome! I'm with Megan. Darn us and our no cable.

    • August 11, 2011

      I'm gonna hafta rig something up!

  • August 11, 2011

    Hummmm, intriguing.
    I can't watch the video from the UK

  • August 11, 2011

    Pure genius! Thanks to your wonderful pictures I can perfectly imagine all the flavors of this drink. It looks and sounds irresistible! You've inspired me once again. Thanks! :) Petra

  • Leah
    August 11, 2011

    This looks delicous and I don't even care for coffee that much! Hurrrraahhh for being on TV!! I live in Canada so I hope I can catch it online somewhere :)!

  • August 11, 2011

    Congrats on your Foodography feature! Yay! I'm getting a coffee buzz just looking at these gorgeous photos :)

  • August 11, 2011

    dang. i don't get the cooking channel :(.

  • August 11, 2011

    How fun!! Congrats! Boy, I'd totally love to hang with you and the Turntable peeps! Totally awesome!!

  • Christina
    August 12, 2011

    This sounds delicious. Blue Bottle was our favorite coffee we had during our San Francisco trip 2 summers ago. Plus, they sell Maple Bacon donuts!

    I'm so excited to try and share this recipe!

  • August 12, 2011

    Wow! What an awesome coffee! Looks great.

  • August 13, 2011

    Famous woman, I am so happy for/proud of you!!! Congratulations, and I am going to make this at 6:30 am tomorrow morning. READY FOR THE WORLD. Just like you!

    • August 14, 2011

      I love how you roll! LM- I'VE MISSED YOU!!! Did you have your bday already??

  • August 14, 2011

    congratulations miss t!
    you're on the big time screen!!! how amazing!!!!!
    (and i can't wait to try this myself!)


    • August 15, 2011

      Can't wait to drink one with you, my friend!

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