If you love to dabble in mixology, you would know that the ultimate test to reign as supreme leader of mixing drinks is to be able to shake a perfect classic martini — a timeless drink which requires a fair amount of skill to prepare. Now, imagine a variant of this delectable drink made by blending vodka with thick, smooth, silky Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur. Irresistibly classy and delicious, isn’t it? A Baileys Flat White Martini recipe is then a rather indulgent spin on the classic martini which highlights the potent flavours of the Irish whisky-infused cream and strong espresso to give the cocktail a bit of a coffee kick.
The recipe to make a martini has been refined through decades so much so that the origins of the cocktail are quite difficult to trace. Some cocktail experts say the martini evolved out of a drink called the Martinez, which was a slight spin on the classic Manhattan. Today, the martini has become a very popular drink especially in literature and pop culture. Who can forget the inviting reference to the cocktail in the famed James Bond novel and movie, Casino Royale, and the spy’s insistence on having his drink served shaken, not stirred!
Baileys on the other hand is a decadent mix of Irish whisky, cream and sugar whisked together until they form a smooth, silky blend with slightly bitter notes of the smoky spirit and the levity of heavy cream.
The Baileys Flat White Martini then is a wonderfully simple mix that pairs the creamy liqueur with a sumptuous helping of vodka, topped with quality espresso, all of which is stirred into a silky liquid. A classic martini recipe was made in its earliest days using gin and vermouth but for a contemporary iteration, swap this spirit for vodka and do away with the aromatised wine substituting it with a fine coffee while making this mix.
Use fresh, medium roasted coffee beans for a potent brew, which is bitter but also carries subtle honey-like and floral aromas, for a more comforting touch. The Flat White Martini when strained into a cocktail glass will have an inviting frothy finish from whisking the cream and coffee into a smooth blend. Use a martini glass to serve the drink and garnish it with coffee beans so their aroma simply elevates the overall impact of the cocktail, adding a sort of depth as a finishing touch.
If you plan to shake a Baileys Flat White Martini at your next house party, filled with a delightful coffee kick and the irresistible notes of Irish cream liqueur and vodka, scroll down for a quick recipe:
Pop all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Shake it up until everything is blended and the liquid is smooth as silk.
Strain into a martini cocktail glass and garnish with three coffee beans.