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Espresso Shots

Here's a great little concoction to keep the party going - espresso shots!  An icy blend of Kahlua, Cointreau, tequila and espresso will give you that extra bit of energy.  Place a whole bunch of these pretty shots on a serving tray and pass them around.  It will pick up your party a notch or two!

Espresso Shots

adapted from Colin Cowie


for a printable recipe, click here

makes 4 shots


  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce Kahlúa 
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 2 ounces cold espresso


Place the orange juice and the sugar in two different shallow prep bowls.  Dip the shot glasses first in the orange juice and then in the sugar.

In cocktail shaker full of ice, mix the rest of the ingredients.  Shake well.  Pour into shot glasses.  



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Reader Comments (14)

Excellent idea! Not only will it keep the party going (love Tequila!) but it will keep all your guests wide awake for some more fun! Looking forward to sampling soon, thanks, SALUDE!

July 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterS. Polito

Ooooh, I could go for one of those right now!

July 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermarie

what a great idea-love anything coffee and iced.

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNani

It look so nice and delicious, that I'm fancying one right now!!

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLia

Now, that's one wake-me-up sip on a warm summer day! ;)

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn Jung

When's the next party? I'm coming! You do really great stuff.

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoan Nova

I know this is a silly question, how do I brew/make espresso without an espresso machine?

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

From The Italian Dish:

Cindy: You can try using just very strong coffee or you may want to use one of these very affordable stovetop espresso makers:

July 18, 2010 | Registered Commenter[Elaine]

I've never seen anything like this. So clever and cute, they'd be a hit with my friends and family.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterciaochowlinda

They look sensational. We're having friends for dinner next week and I'm going to serve them up. Delicious!

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLesley

I love these! I usually serve cafe bombon (spanish drink with sweet condensed milk) with dessert, but this seems like a great summer substitute.

I am a little skeptical about the combination of espresso and orange flavor though. How strong is the orange taste?

You photography is fantastic by the way, and there are so many articles on here I can't wait to read. Definitely adding your to my google reader. So glad I stumbled across your site!

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGabi

Thanks for this recipe. Definitely adding it to our menu. The plan for this weekend (we're hosting 10 guests): These espresso shots alongside chocolate cake shots in lieu of dessert! Let the games begin...

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSD Mom

OMG. I am definitely adding these to our repetoire. Thanks for posting!

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin @ My Melange

People in the world take the home loans in different banks, just because this is easy.

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