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Strange Brew: A Twist on the Espresso Martini

Strange Brew coffee amaro cocktail

A coffee lover’s cocktail.

Adam Morgan, bar manager of Nashville’s Husk, wanted to create his take on the ubiquitous Espresso Martini, one “that’s reflective of Husk’s ethos, while being fun and approachable for everyone.” Tequila serves as the backbone for the coffee, which is introduced through a coffee amaro, chilled coffee, and homemade coffee cordial. The result is a cocktail that’s “rich, bold, and semi-bitter from leaning on the amaro but still hits all the right notes to be a crowd-pleaser,” says Morgan.


  • 1 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. Mr. Black Coffee Amaro
  • 1 oz. chilled coffee
  • 1/2 oz. coffee cordial
  • 1/4 oz. Oloroso sherry
  • pinch salt
  • dash Angostura bitters
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  • Coffee Cordial
  • 1 quart hot coffee
  • 1 quart cane sugar
  • 1/2 oz. vanilla liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. allspice dram
  • Tools:shaker, strainer, grater
  • Glass:Nick and Nora
  • Garnish:freshly grated nutmeg


Add all of the ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake to chill, and strain into glass. Grate fresh nutmeg over top.

Coffee CordialMix all the coffee cordial ingredients together in a bottle. Will keep in the refrigerator for 1 month.

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