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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