As the unofficial drink of Aspen, the espresso martini is a mainstay for catching a boost with your buzz after a long day on the slopes. Below are a few of our favorite takes on the wired cocktail.
Midnight in Marble / Marble Bar Aspen
In this uplifting cocktail, Marble Distillery Co.’s vanilla-infused vodka and Moonlight EXpresso—a complex, dark-roasted coffee liqueur that blends locally roasted dark Guatemalan coffee beans and Ugandan vanilla beans—are blended with more espresso and heavy cream and then garnished with chocolate shavings.
The Carajillo / Betula
Carefully crafted with espresso and Licor 43 and shaken over ice, this off-menu item is a classically inspired Mexican version of the espresso martini, as well as a delicious alternative.
The Aspen Extreme / 7908
Aspen’s supper club whips up a mean espresso martini on nitro, complete with local Marble Distillery Co. vodka, Moonlight EXpresso liqueur, a double shot of espresso and cacao. It is also appropriately named after the cult-classic film, circa 1993.
Espresso martini / Hooch
This subterranean cocktail bar blends its espresso martini with Ketel One vodka, Dos Maderas PX 5 + 5 Rum, Marble Midnight EXpresso liqueur, Baileys Irish Cream, housemade cold brew coffee and cinnamon.
Espresso martini / Campo De Fiori
A longtime Aspen purveyor—some may even say pioneer—of the espresso martini, Campo combines a double shot of espresso, Smirnoff vanilla vodka, Godiva white chocolate liqueur, Baileys Irish Cream and Kahlúa, topping it off with a swirl of ground espresso. It’s perfect for when the bar abruptly transforms from cozy Italian joint to late-night dance club.