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When it comes to caffeinated cocktails, the Espresso Martini reigns supreme. A quaffable combination of vodka and espresso, it is nothing short of a contemporary classic. The only downside: at its base sits a spirit that’s neutral—flavorless by design. Thankfully, there’s a sensible alternative, a way in which to dress up the drink to all new levels of deliciousness. It’s called the Rémy Espresso. And as you might have guessed, it swaps out clear liquor for top-shelf Cognac sourced from one of the world’s preeminent producers.
The star of the show is Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal, an exemplary bottling from the legendary house holding nearly 300 years of history in its cellars. Aged in toasted French oak casks, this particular blend surrenders notes of dark chocolate and fresh butterscotch—round and robust in its elegance. Along its edges are elements of toffee and hazelnut, the sort of sensory touchstones that lead an espresso enthusiast to sing.
“When you explore the complexity of Rémy Martin 1738 alongside the diverse world of coffee, you’ll find that their overlapping flavor profiles make the pairing of these two ingredients in the Rémy Espresso an extraordinary match,” confirms Madelyn Kay, Collectif 1806 ambassador for Rémy Martin.
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And it’s this effortless compatibility which is key to the riff’s resplendence. Exceptionally smooth yet undeniably decadent, everything setting the 1738 Accord Royal apart as special is amplified in the Rémy Espresso arrangement.
“A discerned drinker might taste candied citrus, dried fruits, baking spices or rich chocolate,” adds Kay about the Cognac, which typically retails for $60 per bottle. “Many of these same flavors can be highlighted in coffee depending on the place of origin and roast of the bean.”
Against a symphony of espresso, coffee liqueur, and simple syrup, 1738 never gets lost in the noise. It conducts the orchestra. Despite its melodious nature, the Rémy Espresso remains relatively uncomplicated to render. Underneath the cocktail’s gently frothed foam, Rémy Martin has reinvented a classic. And coffee’s never had it so good.
- 1 1/2 ounces Rémy Martin 1738
- 1 ounce espresso
- 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
Shake all ingredients and strain twice. Serve in a classic coupe or martini glass. Garnish with three espresso beans.