California Espresso Martini

Espresso Martinis are usually made with vodka, but not this one. Just like its inspiration, The State of California, we are shaking things up (literally and figuratively) by using Mezcal or Tequila. Don’t know the difference, just think about Champagne. All Champages are sparkling wines, but not all sparkling wines are Champagne. Tequila can only be made from the blue agave piña. Therefore, all tequilas are mezcals, but not all mezcals are tequila. Mezcals usually taste smokier than tequila so take that into consideration when determining your spirit of choice. Garnishing with coffee beans (chocolate covered are ideal) is a lovely way to share an ode to the freshness of the ingredients used.


all units: U.S. Imperial

  • 1.5 oz Tequila or Mezcal
  • 1 oz Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz Explorer Cold Brew
  • 0.25 oz Simple Syrup

Add everything to a shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with coffee beans.