The taste of an espresso martini is hard to beat, but it can be easy to blow your calorie budget if you’re watching your calories. Fortunately, this drink is low-calorie.
What is an Espresso Martini?
Espresso martinis are a great way to enjoy a delicious drink without feeling guilty. They’re low in calories and can be made with any spirit or liqueur. Add a little whipped cream, if desired, for an extra indulgent touch.
History of Espresso Martinis
This caffeine-fueled martini can be traced back to 1983 and has made its name as a classic martini recipe thanks to the late bartender, Dick Bradsell, who is said to have created the beverage for a top British model at an establishment in London.
He crafted her a drink using vodka, sugar, and coffee liqueur, along with a shot of espresso he pulled from the coffee machine next to his station. From there, the espresso martini was born.
Why Drink Espresso Martinis?
Besides the fact that they taste amazing, there are many reasons to drink Espresso Martinis.
- They’re quick and easy to make, with only a few ingredients.
- They’re low in calorie
- They’re packed with flavor
- Espresso martinis can help improve your focus and concentration, boosting productivity
When you order an espresso martini, you’re essentially drinking a coffee with a little liquor added, which some people do anyway. The espresso gives the drink a strong kick, while the vodka makes it smooth and refreshing
Why the Energy Boost?
Coffee has long been touted as a healthy beverage, but its health benefits go far beyond keeping you alert. In fact, coffee is packed with antioxidants, which can help to protect your cells from damage and reduce the risk of diseases like cancer.
For those who love their martini but want to cut back on the calories, adding espresso to the drink can be a great way to do it. Not only does this add flavor and complexity without adding many extra calories, but it also provides a significant energy boost. This is due in part to caffeine’s ability to stimulate the brain and improve cognitive function.
How to Make an Espresso Martini
Coffee oxidizes as soon as it is ground, so you want to make your espresso as fresh as possible because the longer you leave your ground coffee, the more bitter it may become.
The addition of the coffee liqueur is the touch of sugariness and ‘coffee’ intensity the cocktail needs to be truly memorable. However, to cut back further on calorie and sugar intake, you can leave out the coffee liqueur entirely. It’ll just mean the drink will be more bitter.
If you like a bit more sweetness that could help mellow down the spirit and bind the ingredients better, add 5ml of simple syrup to the cocktail. This is optional.
To stick with the original recipe, you want to pick non-flavored vodka; different flavors can alter the taste of the martini in a negative way. Also, you’ll want a vodka with lower alcohol by volume (ABV) so that the martini is more balanced and not overpowered by the taste of alcohol.
- Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur, and the slightly cooled espresso into a cocktail shaker. You don’t want the espresso to be too hot because it will start to melt the ice and dilute the beverage. Place a glass in the freezer to chill, and then fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
- Secure the shaker lid of your cocktail shaker and give it a vigorous shake for a good 10 seconds.
- Grab the glass from the freezer, then strain the cocktail into the chilled glass
- Garnish with coffee beans (optional)
If you don’t want to make espresso martinis yourself, there are canned espresso martinis available on the market.
Importance of Low-Calorie
Low-calorie diets are important for weight loss and health. They can help people lose weight without having to cut calories drastically, and they can also help improve blood sugar control, cholesterol levels, and other health conditions. Here are some reasons why you should try a low-calorie diet:
A diet with low-calorie options can help you lose weight quickly and easily. It can be a good choice if you want to lose muscle as well as fat or if you struggle with maintaining your current weight.
Blood Sugar Control
A low-calorie diet can help control your blood sugar levels. This is especially helpful if you have diabetes or if you are trying to prevent diabetes.
A low-calorie diet can help lower your cholesterol levels. This can be helpful if you have high cholesterol levels or if you are at risk for heart disease.
A low-calorie diet can improve your gastrointestinal (GI) health. This is because a low-calorie diet can reduce the amount of food that you eat overall, which can help minimize the number of calories that you consume.
Stress Reduction and Sleep Improvement
A low-calorie diet can help reduce stress levels and improve your sleep quality.
If you’re looking to cut back on your calorie intake but don’t want to give up the taste of what you consume, espresso martinis are a great option.