Fifth State Espresso Martini
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
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If an Espresso Martini is your go-to bar cocktail, you are in for a treat with Fifth State Distillery's Master Distiller Rob Schulten's latest creation, a ready-to-drink Fifth State Espresso Martini made with Rum. It's as easy as pouring 3.5 ounces into a shaker, adding ice, then shake and pour into a chilled martini glass. The 375-ml size makes it perfect to take along with you wherever you go, to the beach, to an outdoor concert, or simply to drink at home. With that said, Luxury Experience readers know that we always take spirits to the next level and created a few cocktails and a culinary recipe to tempt your palate, and our Luxury Experience - Espresso Martini Chocolate Tart is sure to become an absolute favorite. Cheers!

 

Fifth State Espresso Martini - photo by Luxury Experience

Product Information: Fifth State Distillery Espresso Martini made with Rum, 30% Alcohol by Volume, 60 proof. Gluten free. Handcrafted in small batches. 

Bottle Notes: "Distilling the spirit of Connecticut. Three great things come together to make this Espresso Martini taste GREAT. The right coffee, the right spirit, and the right proportions. We cold brew 100% Arabica, medium-dark roasted beans that boast an earthy and fruity aroma for 16 hours. Hints of vanilla, cherry and citrus with the coffee makes a complex and creamy martini, best served cold or on the rocks. Shake and Pour. No dairy, refrigerate after opening." 

Tasting Notes:  The color is a rich, deep coffee, with aromatic notes of coffee, vanilla, and hints of cherry on the nose. On the palate, it is perfection, with its balanced combination of coffee and rum. Vegans and dairy-free practitioners will especially appreciate that it is non-dairy. For the rest of use, adding dairy will create a different, yet very tasty, version of an Espresso Martini. 

Bridget and Robert Schulten- Fifth State Distillery
Bridget and Robert Schulten

Luxury Experience was "In the kitchen and behind the bar®" creating incredibly special handcrafted cocktails and a dessert recipe to tempt your palate and inspire your own creations using Fifth State Espresso Martini. 

Luxury Experience Cocktail and Culinary Menu 

The Cocktail Menu

Luxury Experience - Café L'Orange
Luxury Experience - Espresso Expressions 

The Culinary Menu

Luxury Experience - Espresso Martini Chocolate Tart 

Luxury Experience - Espresso Martini - photo by Luxury Experience

The Cocktail Recipes

While Fifth State Espresso Martini is ready to drink as is, there are many ways you can opt to enjoy it, and by adding a few simple ingredients you can easily craft your own special cocktail. 

Luxury Experience - Café L'Orange features Fifth State Espresso Martini which we blended with Grand Marnier, ice cold coffee, and garnished it with an orange peel. Imagine how fabulous that would be to drink on a warm summer day or evening.

Luxury Experience - Cafe L'Orange - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Café L'Orange          
Glass Used: Martini Glass 

Cocktail Ingredients:

 

1.5
Ounces
0.5
Ounces
Grand Marnier
1.5
Ounces
Cold Coffee
 
 
Orange Peel, garnish

Method: Add ingredients to a shaker with 3 ice cubes, shake hard to chill, and pour into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a twisted orange peel. 

Luxury Experience - Espresso Expressions: we love the idea of pairing cocktails with desserts, which act as a complement and bring out the flavors of the spirits as well as the culinary elements. We paired this cocktail with Luxury Experience - Espresso Martini Chocolate Tart. (See recipe below.) 

Luxury Experience - Espresso Expressions & Chocolate Tart - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Espresso Expressions
Yield: 1 cocktail
Glass Used: Martini Glass 

Cocktail Ingredients:

 

1.5
Ounces
1
Ounces
1.5
Ounces
Half & Half (or light cream)
6
Dashes
 
 
Coffee Syrup and Chocolate Biscuit Rim

Method for the Coffee Syrup: Add one half cup of water, one half cup of sugar, and 2-tablespoons of instant coffee to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil until sugar and coffee are dissolved. Let syrup cool, then refrigerate until ready to use. 

Method for the Rim: You can either rim the entire Martini glass or just half-rim it. First, add a small amount of coffee syrup to a saucer and add a small amount of the chocolate biscuit crumbs to another saucer. Twist the rim of the Martini glass in the coffee syrup, and then into the chocolate crumbs. Set aside and let dry. 

Method for the Cocktail: Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with 3 ice cubes, shake hard until shaker is frosty. Pour into rimmed Martini Glass. 

The Culinary Recipe

Who said you can't drink your cocktail and eat it too? Not us, for sure! Luxury Experience - Espresso Martini Chocolate Tarts are easy to make, and easy to love. Although you can use a larger removeable bottom tart pan, we like to make smaller tarts for lighter bites for dessert. Serve these on their own, or pair with Luxury Experience - Espresso Expressions cocktail. 

Luxury Experience - Espresso Martini Chocolate Tarts
Yield: 14 tarts
Equipment: 2.5-inch removable bottom mini tart pans 

Tart Shell Ingredients:

 

1
Package
Kedem Chocolate Tea Biscuits (4.2 ounces/119 grams)
2
Tablespoons
Butter

Method: Spray removable bottom tart shells will vegetable spray and set aside. Add biscuits to a food processor and blend until smooth. Remove 2-tablespoons of the ground biscuits to use to garnish cocktails. 

Add butter to the remaining ground biscuits and process to create a dough. Spoon dough into the prepared tart shells and press to smooth out and create the tart shell. Bake at 350 until tarts are set. Remove to a cooling rack as you prepare the pudding. 

Espresso Martini Pudding Ingredients:

 

1.25
Cups
Milk
0.50
Cup
Half & Half (or Light Cream)
3.50
Tablespoons
Cornstarch
0.25
Cup
Sugar
0.25
Cup
Cold Milk
0.25
Teaspoon
Salt
2
Ounces
1
Teaspoon
4
Dashes

Method for the Pudding: Mix the cornstarch, salt, sugar, and cold milk together and stir to thoroughly combine. In a medium saucepan, scald the milk and Half & Half, then add the cold milk mixture and 2-ounces of Fifth State Distillery Espresso Martini and stir to combine. Cook in a double boiler until pudding is thickened (and bubbles form). Remove from stove, let cool for a few minutes, then add in the remaining 1 teaspoon of Fifth State Distillery Espresso Martini and Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters. 

Method for the Tarts: Spoon the pudding into the baked tart shells. Refrigerate for several hours. 

Until next time, cheers, it's cocktail time! 

Fifth State Distillery Information 

Founded by Rob and Bridget Schulten, the award-winning Fifth State Distillery located in Bridgeport, Connecticut has been turning heads with their delectable gluten-free spirits since they opened in 2016. Made from locally grown Connecticut non-GMO corn and distilled in small batches, their artisanal spirits are continuing to win awards with their innovative spirits profiles. "Made with pride in the great state of Connecticut." 

Purchasing Information 

Fifth State Distillery products include: Gin, Seville Gin, Passion Gin, Madagascar Gin, 5th State Premium Vodka, Ginger Zap Vodka, Simply Celery Vodka, CT Maple Whiskey, Barrel Strength Whiskey, Limoncello, Chocolate XS, Wonderful Water, Espresso Martini, and Bee's Knees. 

For additional information on Fifth State Distillery, tours, as well as purchasing information, please visit their website: www.fifthstatedistillery.com 

Fifth State Distillery Hours: Monday - Thursday from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Friday - closed, Saturday from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Sunday closed. 

Read about more of their exceptional spirits in the Liquor Cabinet section: Fifth State GinFifth State Seville Gin, Fifth State Passion Gin and Fifth State Ginger Zap Vodka. 

Fifth State Distiller 

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United States
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