The return of the espresso martini is toast to the nostalgic cocktail trend

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The old phrase of everything is new again can apply to a nostalgic cocktail trend. With more and more people shaking up an espresso martini, it seems that one of the favorite 90s cocktails is seeing a resurgence in popularity. While deceptively simple, the first sip makes people wish that they had shaken one up sooner.

Some cocktails make a statement both on the table and in the glass. While craft cocktails with their impressive garnishes and stunning presentations fill the social media feed, the home mixologist might need to step back from the smoker and dry ice. Sometimes the simple, elegant cocktail is the one that speaks more loudly.

Recently, the espresso martini seems to be flowing from the cocktail shaker. Whether it is seeing celebrities sip the beverage or just longing for the robust coffee flavor, the martini glass seems never to be empty.

According to Jane Danger, Pernod Ricard Mixologist, “Whenever there’s a fashion trend, there’s a cocktail trend,” which has sparked an interesting in the espresso martini. Danger recommends, Absolut Espresso Martinis.

For Danger, the Absolut vodka is a great choice for this type of martini because it has a “rich, full-bodied and complex yet smooth taste.” That flavor profile with the Kahlua and espresso makes for a perfect sip.

Here’s how to make the Absolut Espresso Martini


  • 1 Part Absolut
  • 1 Part Kahlúa
  • 1 Part Espresso

How to Mix:

  • Fill a shaker with 1 part Absolut Vodka, 1 part Kahlúa and 1 part espresso.
  • Add ice and shake for 15-20 seconds to ensure a nice frothy foam that makes this cocktail shine.
  • Top with three espresso beans or a favorite seasonal garnish!

Espresso martini shake up the nostalgic cocktail trend

Even though that sip of nostalgia is enticing, the holiday season is the time to add a little extra sparkle to the cocktail glass. Social Studies appreciates that the setting, especially when entertaining, should embrace ease and style.

According to Jessica Latham, Social Studies Co-Founder and CEO, the brand’s mission is to “make entertaining effortless.” While that statement is clear, a few little tricks can make even the novice host more confident during the holiday season.

Recently Social Studies partnered with Absolut to create the perfect espresso martini kit, which can be rented for any occasion. In addition to the Absolut and Kahlua, the kit includes everything to mix up that perfect sip. The kit is $68 per guest.

Since it is the holiday season, those little extras can add that pizzazz and a tiny twist to make the trending cocktail unique. From a simple gingerbread man garnish to some chocolate covered espresso beans, the options are many.

One great choice can be to add a rim garnish to the glass. While not traditional, it can be a lovely choice. From a little cookies and cream to even just a simple sugar rim, the options are many.

Personally, a chocolate rim covered in graham cracker crumbs is a favorite. Even add a few sprinkles into the crumbles to add a little sparkle.

Luckily, Absolut has the curated a cocktail kit to give at home mixologists a shake-up. With all the ingredients to make a perfect cocktail, it might be the must have holiday bar essential. Order one at for $179.

Whether it is a special night under the stars, a holiday gathering with family or just a night at home watching holiday movies, the espresso martini has returned to the cocktail glass and everyone is grateful to rediscover that flavorful sip.