Mexican Cinnamon Coffee Martini
Spice up your cocktail hour with this recipe for a Mexican Cinnamon Coffee Martini. It combines the classic Mexican flavors of cinnamon and coffee, and features tequila instead of vodka for a twist on the traditional martini. And there’s also a little kick in every sip from the spicy cinnamon simple syrup.
We created this drink for all of our coffee loving friends! It has maximum coffee flavor from three different coffee flavor ingredients. First, we start with strong brewed Charleston Coffee Roasters coffee. For this recipe we recommend a Dark Roast like our single origin Sumatra which has notes of chocolate. But even though it is a dark bold roast, it still has an invitingly smooth and rich finish that is perfect for sipping.
Next, we add two different coffee liqueurs to the cocktail. We like to start with the Cinnamon Spice coffee liqueur from Kahlua to really amp up the cinnamon and coffee flavors. Then we added some Patron XO, which is a coffee liqueur that is tequila based in keeping with the Mexican influenced flavors. But you could certainly use your favorite coffee infused vodka if you prefer.
But the real depth of flavor in this drink recipe comes from the homemade simple syrup. Simple syrup is so easy to make at home, and really elevates the cocktail experience. For this one, we infused the syrup with a cinnamon stick and a pinch of cayenne pepper to give this Mexican Coffee Martini some sweet heat.
To lighten up the martini and make it super frothy, we used a raw egg white. Be sure to shake the egg white on its own in a dry shaker first to create maximum frothiness. A dry shaker just means that there is nothing else in the shaker, not even ice. You might think the raw egg will taste, well, eggy! But you really can’t taste it in the finished martini. If you are not comfortable with the raw egg, you can certainly leave it out.
Other than making the simple syrup ahead of time, the entire cocktail comes together rather quickly. Make it extra special by serving this Spicy Mexican Coffee Martini straight up in a coupe glass, and garnish with some whole coffee beans. Salud!
SPICY CINNAMON SIMPLE SYRUP
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a simmer and stir just until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from the heat and chill syrup until ready to make the martini.
MEXICAN CINNAMON COFFEE MARTINI
1 egg white
1 ounce strong brewed Charleston Coffee Roasters coffee, such as Sumatra Roast
1 ounce Cinnamon Spice Kahlua
1 ounce coffee tequila, like Patron XO
1/2 ounce Spicy Cinnamon Simple Syrup
- Place egg white in a dry cocktail shaker, that is, with nothing else (not even ice) in it.
- Shake until frothy, about 30 seconds.
- Add the coffee, Kahlua, tequila and spicy cinnamon simple syrup to the shaker.
- Shake again until combined, about another 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass.