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10 Creative Espresso Martinis to Try in the Midwest

Espresso martinis: when one person orders one, suddenly the whole crew needs one. Over the past few years, they’ve become a brunch beverage, a happy hour hankering, and an after-dinner treat. With no shortage of fun flavors and unique customizations, read on to see how 4EG establishments in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Chicago are putting their own spin on the cocktail of the moment.


Beeline - Newport on the Levee: Express-o Martini

Newport, KY



Visiting Newport on the Levee for Light Up the Levee on November 18? Stop in at Beeline for an Express-o Martini, shaken up with 360 Vanilla Vodka, Caffè Borghetti espresso coffee liqueur, cold brew, and espresso beans. They'll also be serving hot apple cider and hot toddies, the perfect complement to a an evening filled with holiday cheer.



Killer Queen: PumpKING Spice Martini

Cincinnati, OH



Who says game days are just for beers and seltzers? The Bengals and Cyclones are in full swing, so sip on Killer Queen’s autumnal take on an espresso martini next time you visit The Banks. The PumpKING Spice Martini is handcrafted with Pinnacle Vanilla Vodka, Caffè Borghetti Espresso Coffee Liqueur, pumpkin purée, and cold brew.



The Owl: Pick-Me-Up

Chicago, IL



Need an espresso martini to be a night owl? At The Owl, you might need it! The bar is open until 4am from Sunday - Friday and 5am on Saturday. Handcrafted with CH Vodka, coffee, and chocolate, the Pick-Me-Up lives up to its name! If late nights aren't your speed, enjoy a half-price Pick-Me-Up from 5pm - 8pm, Monday - Friday.



The Lackman: Peppermint Bark Espresso Martini

Cincinnati, OH



Stop by The Lackman for the remainder of 2023 for a festive buzz! Their Peppermint Bark Espresso Martini is debuting this month, but if you’re looking for a fruity flavor, try their classic Espresso Martini, shaken up with Stoli Vanilla Vodka, espresso blend cold brew and Kahlúa, garnished with an orange zest. Whether you’re seeing a show at Music Hall or holiday shopping on Vine Street, put The Lackman on your list and check it twice.



The Roosevelt Room - Bridge Park: Espresso Martini

Columbus, OH



Want to put an Irish twist on your espresso martini? At The Roosevelt Room - Bridge Park, swap Georgi French Vanilla Vodka with Jameson Cold Brew! The cocktail is completed with Ryan's Irish Style Cream, cold brew coffee, and simple syrup. Snag one for half-price during happy hour, Monday - Friday from 3pm - 6pm.



Japp’s OTR: Peppermint Espresso Martini Shots

Cincinnati, OH



Although their espresso martini served on draft is a menu staple, Japp’s OTR is already gearing up for Santacon. Ride your sleigh in on December 9 for a peppermint espresso martini shot, served in an ornament! Want to rep your espresso martini love or gift some unique apparel to a loved one? Check out their brand-new espresso martini sweatshirt here!



Igby’s: Espresso Martini

Cincinnati, OH



Cozy up next to the fireplace at Igby’s for an irresistible combination of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Kahlúa, Fee Foam, and housemade cold brew simple syrup. Located near popular downtown restaurants like Sotto, Boca, and Nada, Igby's is the perfect destination for drinks before or after dinner, or for a private holiday party!



Beeline - Easton Town Center: Express-o Martini

Columbus, OH



All aboard! Beeline’s Express-o Martini, created with Georgi Vanilla Vodka, Caffè Borghetti espresso coffee liqueur, cold brew, pumpkin spice, and espresso beans, will give you the boost you need for Christmas shopping at Easton Town Center. Beeline is offering a can't-miss calendar of holiday events including Toast to the Tree, SaturDAY Party, Mistletoe and Movie Magic, and more! Check out their lineup of events here.



Easy Bar: Espresso Martini

Chicago, IL



Stop in at Easy Bar in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood to check out their refreshed look and brand new photobooth! This winter, cozy up at the eclectic neighborhood spot with an espresso martini, created with Sneaky Fox Vodka (Handmade, Organic, Certified Gluten-Free), Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, and Kahlúa.



The Righteous Room: Sinful Nature

Cincinnati, OH



Right across the street from The Righteous Room, The Aronoff Center is gearing up for the holiday season featuring Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, and more! Enjoy a boost of pre-show energy and a flavorful twist in the Sinful Nature, created with Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka, Kahlúa, and cold brew.



Everything's coming up espresso martinis! Try one (or a few!) and show us on Instagram, @foureg.

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