December 20, 2015 8

Vanilla Coffee Martinis with Salted Cocoa Rims

Vanilla Coffee Martinis with Salted Cocoa Rims | @withfoodandlove

I posted a rather personal message on Instagram earlier this afternoon, and your love and kind words came pouring in. I hear you, I see you. Thank you – from the bottom of my heart. I find mega-comfort and strength in your presence.

This post is sponsored by Lavazza. It is the last post in our four-part series together. My first post featured these espresso-braised onions. The second highlighted this raw coffee chocolate tart, and the third was this dreamy coffee glaze. Today I’m leaving you with these naturally vegan, lightly sweetened, coffee martinis. Flavored with notes of vanilla and a salted cocoa rim that pulls it all together. Perfect for the holidays, and equally tasty with or without the booze! I used Lavazza’s Gran Selezione – a premium blend with intense flavor, chocolate undertones and full-bodied taste.

This is will be my last post in 2015. I’m looking forward to some quiet time to heal, and quality time with my family. I’ll see you back here in January, but until then you can keep up with me over on Instagram. I’m wishing you all a warm, healthy, happy holiday season.

p.s. a big thanks to the Midwest Influencer Network for naming With Food + Love 2015’s Best Vegan/Vegetarian St. Louis Food Blog!

Vanilla Coffee Martinis with Salted Cocoa Rims | @withfoodandlove

Vanilla Coffee Martinis with Salted Cocoa Rims | @withfoodandlove

Vanilla Coffee Martinis with Salted Cocoa Rims | @withfoodandlove

Vanilla Coffee Martinis with Salted Cocoa Rims {print me!}

Notes: the coconut milk is really ideal to order to give these martinis a nice creamy texture, but if you don’t have any on hand any milk {dairy or non-dairy} will do. The salted cocoa rim brings the drink together, be sure not miss this step. Feel free to use as much or as little maple syrup as you’d like, depending on how sweet you like your cocktails. Makes 4 drinks.


  • 1 cup coffee, freshly brewed + chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups light canned coconut milk
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces vodka {optional}
  • handful ice
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa or raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • orange wedge

In a cocktail shaker combine the coffee, coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla and vodka with ice. Shake until frothy and set aside while you rim your martini glasses.

Mix together the cocoa and salt on a plate. Run an orange wedge around the top of each martini glass, then gently dip each glass in the cocoa rub.

Divide the martini mixture evenly into 4 glasses.

Enjoy responsibly!

This post is sponsored by Lavazza; all opinions are my own. Big thanks to W&P Design for sending me a new Mason Shaker!


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8 Responses to "Vanilla Coffee Martinis with Salted Cocoa Rims"

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    December 20, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    These look incredibly yummy! Just pinned to make for our Christmas party! I may need a couple of those! ;) Sending you lots and lots of positive juju and hoping you enjoy the holidays in perfect health. xoxo

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    December 21, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    This is such a gorgeous drink, Sherrie. I can’t wait to try it out. I hope you relax, rest and heal over the next couple weeks. I’m thinking of you and sending you good vibes. Cheers!

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    Lily | Kale & Caramel

    December 24, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    First of all, congrats on the honor! Love that sweet recognition of all the incredible work you do. Second of all, I NEED THESE MARTINIS!! Damn, girl. Lavazza me up! Rest, rest, rest, heal up, and get cozy with the things that bring you joy. Sending big love, friend!

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    Amy | Lemon and Coconut

    December 27, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    OOOOOH these look delish. So very, very, yes please. I’ll be going for the alcohol free version and channeling my inner ‘lady on the orient express’… (I have just been watching Poirot)

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    Natasha @ Salt and Lavender

    January 4, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    These look delicious!! I hope that you’re feeling better and they figure out what’s wrong! Hugs!

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    January 4, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Hey hon, I tracked you down over here to find out more about what’s going on with you….All I can say is that I’ll be thinking about you. 2015 was a nasty year for so many people that I know, maybe there was something in the water ;) Get lots of rest, enjoy it as much as you can, and hopefully you’ll have some answers soon. Sending much love xoxo J

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    January 4, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Wishing you all the best Sherrie, and this coffee drink looks wonderful. x Nina

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    Patriciann Palka

    August 18, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Just found your blog and enjoying all the recipes.

    Question: can cold brew coffee be used for this martini?

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