Twilight Espresso Cocktail

This week we’re saying cheers to Captain Eric White of Liquid Lifestyle Charters, who is on the front lines of Hurricane Ian cleanup in southwest Florida. Now let’s mix up one of his favorite drinks while supporting a wonderful cause. (And if you want to learn more about how you can help him on his supply drive through 10/10/22, check out our last post on Hurricane Ian relief.)

If you’ve ever had an espresso martini, then like Captain Eric, you’re probably a pretty big fan. You’re also probably trying to recreate its rich, coffee-forward magic at home. Well, you’ve come to the right spot. Not only do we have a fool-proof recipe, but we also have the secrets behind getting that tasty, picture-perfect foam layer on top.

Espresso martini sitting on table with coffee beans scattered around base

Espresso Martini vs. Cocktail

The beauty of this cocktail is its simplicity. It’s also extremely versatile. While “martini” once implied the inclusion of gin and vermouth, it’s now expanded to cover a variety of spirits and mixers. Enter the espresso martini, which happens to leave both of the OG martini staples sitting back at shore.

Our version of this robust beverage is called a Twilight Espresso Cocktail — because we think it deserves to be taken out of the traditional martini glass and celebrated! We love dressing up this drink in a coupe or … hold your fins… even a margarita glass, rimmed with shaved chocolate. (Behave!)

Perfecting the Foam

But before we get away with ourselves on garnishes (more on that below), let’s chat about presentation of another sort: That fabulous foamy layer.

The secret to achieving maximum fluff is two-fold.

  1. Fresh espresso is a must. Use quality beans and pull your espresso as close to serving time as possible. We say this within reason — feel free to buy or make it ahead in the morning and chill it until later that evening. In fact, chilling it will make it ready for step two.
  2. When you get everything added to your cocktail shaker, it’s time to roll up your sleeves. With this cocktail, you have to shake everything your mama… and your grand-mama… gave you. The aggressive, dare-we-say violent, shaking aerates the fresh espresso and other ingredients into the frothy artwork you need for maximum wow-factor.
  3. We know, we only said two… but consider this a bonus step. After shaking, be sure to serve your drinks right away. Like Cinderella, the magic does not last forever!

Let’s Get Mixing…

Without further ado, here’s the recipe for a Twilight Espresso Cocktail. (Download your free printable guide below.)


  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 1.5 ounces coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce creme de cacao
  • 1 ounce freshly brewed espresso, reserving a few beans for garnish*
  • 1 cup ice

4 steps to perfection:

  • Measure all liquid ingredients into a chilled cocktail shaker
  • Add ice and shake vigorously
  • Strain into a chilled glass
  • Garnish with coffee beans*

Now you know the ingredients and steps to perfection, maybe in your mind you want to try this mouth-watering cocktail right away! Before you do what you want to do it is also impressive to learn where you can pair this Twilight Espresso Cocktail! Perfect right?

What Is The Perfect Pair For Twilight Espresso Cocktail

Did you know that Twilight Espresso Cocktail isn’t just a standalone delight? If you like, you can perfect it at any food you feel like. Well, there’s top-lists of delicacies you can perfectly pair this and it will surely gonna be an ooh-la-la feeling!

First is Decadent Desserts. Classic choices like tiramisu, chocolate lava cake, or espresso-infused cheesecake are excellent options. The rich, creamy textures and complementary coffee flavors will harmonize beautifully with the cocktail’s robust profile, creating a truly indulgent dessert experience. You can pair this during parties or even beach celebrations where you can end the evening on a sweet note.

You can also pair this on artisanal chocolates. Oh my – a saliva drooling combo! You can select whether it’s dark chocolate truffles, espresso-infused chocolate bars, or chocolate-covered espresso beans, the combination of rich cocoa flavors and hints of coffee will tantalize your taste buds and enhance the cocktail’s rich flavor.

Also with appetizers and gourmet cheese plate. Can you observe tropical dinner parties where Twilight Espresso Cocktail is served alongside savory appetizers like bacon-wrapped dates, spicy glazed meatballs, or prosciutto-wrapped melon. The cocktail’s bold coffee notes and subtle sweetness provide a delightful contrast to savory flavors, creating a sophisticated and balanced palate experience. This pairing is ideal for cocktail parties or pre-dinner gatherings for your family or even when preparing beach dates for your lover on a romantic seaside evening.

There you have these ideas, now spread the words and multiply the joy! Make romantic tropical dates, intimate dinner parties, and make your casual gathering memorable.

*If you’re really trying to impress someone, then don’t be afraid to get artsy with your garnishes. While 3 beans on top is the signature move for an adult espresso beverage — for Italians it symbolizes health, wealth, and happiness — you’ll also see shaved chocolate, espresso ‘powder’, and edible glitter dusted atop the foam. Feeling wild? Of course you are. Toss on a cocktail pick of berries or dried banana.

We think this drink pairs best with chocolate, a fancy charcuterie board, and a salty breeze. It’s also a great way to say “cheers!” to someone who is making a positive difference in the world — this one’s for you, Captain Eric!

Want to make a drink and a difference? Check out our Hurricane Ian Relief Fundraiser

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