Let's be honest. We all love an espresso martini don't we? But sometimes, you don't feel like drinking coffee too late, even at the weekend. That's where a beautifully crafted decaf espresso martini comes in...
Even as the founder of a popular online coffee business, I stopped drinking coffee after 3pm since I started to take my health more seriously.
Sipping on regular espresso martinis is no exception. Unfortunately, because I changed coffee cocktail drinking habit, I sadly stopped enjoying one of my favourite drinks.
Sad times. Until it struck me. Why not just create the same incredible cocktail I loved, but using decaf coffee to get the same gorgeous flavours?
Well Duh. I then went back to the drawing board and re-created the famous coffee cocktail using my favourite espresso martini recipe. (but without the caffeine). Also, as a sidenote.
By the way, before I share our fantastic recipe, I wanted to share some insight with you on some important research around the impact of caffeine on your sleep quality. This is even more important when you consider you'll typically be drinking a coffee cocktail late into the evening.
Espresso Martini: Its Impact on Your Sleep Quality
After reading a book called ('Why We Sleep') by sleep expert Matthew Walker, I realised there wasn't much information available on the negative impact of drinking the espresso martini.
So in this blog, I'm also sharing some new insights so you can make an informed decision on whether you'd prefer to drink with caffeine or without.
There are loads of surprising facts about caffeine and the affects on your sleep quality
Caffeine has a half-life of about five to six hours for the average adult. What that means is that about 50% of that caffeine is still circulating in your system five to six hours after you had that cup of coffee.
What that also means, however, is that caffeine has a quarter-life of somewhere between 10 to 12 hours. This means, the caffeine is still present in your body at midnight, even if you have your last coffee at 2pm.
The second hidden feature of caffeine is its disruption in terms of our sleep quality. You often hear, "I'm one of those individuals who can drink coffee after a meal and still fall asleep just fine.
The problem? It turns out that caffeine can decrease the amount of deep sleep that you have, stages three and four of non-REM sleep.
As a consequence, you'll wake up the next morning and won't be as restored by your sleep, whether you feel like it or not. Based on this research, it also highlights that alcohol has a negative impact as well as coffee, so even if you can reduce one of the negative impact of the ingredients when it comes to late-night drinking, you are in a better position.
Being more conscious about your health is really important to your longevity, so I wanted to take this moment to highlight this today in case it can help you make a more mindful choice around your coffee cocktail choice late into the evening.
The main point is to illustrate that you can still get the same tasty beverage you desire using decaf. Finding a tasty Decaf coffee is all about the freshness and quality of the beans. Our popular decaf coffee is aptly named 'Halcyon' - meaning calm and peaceful, and it pairs beautifully with vodka and Kahlua.
Decaf Espresso Martini Recipe
There are many reasons why an espresso martini is an incredible drink. One of the main reasons is that it uses really simple ingredients, mixed together in a cocktail shaker to produce a textured, creamy beverage that'll leave you wanting more.
Can you make an espresso martini without Kahlua? The answer is yes. Below our recipe shares the perfect alternative in case you've run out or are looking for something a little different. Ready for the best decaf espresso martini recipe?
- 100ml vodka (Absolute Vodka or Grey Goose) – preferably a vodka that’s very clean.
- 25ml of Baileys (Or similar Irish cream alternative)
- Double espressos x2 – we’ll share your options below.
- Decaf coffee beans – to garnish (optional)
- 25ml simple syrup (if you like it sweeter)
- Ice Cubes
I hope you'll enjoy our decaf espresso martini recipe that has all the flavour, without the coffee jitters.
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