The Espresso5

This cocktail brings together two of our favorite things: excellent coffee and excellent libations, forging what may be the perfect pick-me-up to kick Friday evening off. Start with one and a half ounces of Vodka 14 and one ounce of fresh-brewed espresso (one ounce equates to one standard shot). Add to this half an ounce of vanilla simple syrup (which can be made by simply adding two teaspoons vanilla extract to one cup of simple syrup), and four ounces of half-and-half. Pour all of this over ice in a martini shaker. Shake and serve on the rocks in a lowball glass for a sweet treat with a kick. For a variation, try chocolate syrup in lieu of the simple syrup.