BOOZY ICED LATTES… a fun way to spice up brunch!

boozy iced lattes with hemp or almond milk! by essellesse, a san francisco based lifestyle blog • Hanson of Sonoma Organic Espresso Vodka

I feel like an espresso martini is such a throwback & here at essellesse, you know we love a good throwback.

Espresso martinis are having a major moment in San Francisco & I’m lowkey loving it.

A few weeks ago, Erik & I played hooky & went to Sonoma. We were both feeling a bit burnt out with work and life {which in my case is a constant BLEND of them both} so hopped in the car #onathursday and headed North.

It was a fabulous time {& a reminder to take breaks to reset!} but we went to so many new discoveries…. including:

Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka

Hanson Organic Espresso Vodka • used in my boozy hemp milk latte! check it out

First things first, the Hanson of Sonoma distillery is GORGEOUS. I’ll do a full blown post on them and what they are all about because it’s super interesting.

Cliff notes version? Hanson is a vodka distillery based in Sonoma & they make their vodkas from organic grapes!

Their tasting experience is so fun & you can do various flights of their vodka infusions… and trust me on this, they are FUN infusions!

We brought home a bottle of their espresso vodka {as well as cucumber and the og original} which is DIVINE. Seriously, obsessed with this stuff.

boozy iced lattes with hemp or almond milk! by essellesse, a san francisco based lifestyle blog • Hanson of Sonoma Organic Espresso Vodka

Before we get into the cocktail, let’s talk the espresso vodka:

The Hanson of Sonoma original organic vodka is infused with organic Hawaiian coffee. I appreciate that there is no sugar in this {unlike a lot of other coffee liquors or liqueuers} so it’s all coffee flavour.

It also has some caffeine!! Which is always a little fun, right? Kind of like a grown & sexy, way more mature vodka & sugar-free redbull {aka 2010 Shannon’s go to cocktail lol I felt sooooo cool drinking these #THROWBACK & don’t even get me started on STARFUCKERS ohhhh boy if you partied with y2k shannon, we shot a starfucker w/ sugar free ‘bull or 7} with a lot less nonsense. & less caffeine lol but you get the point. That said, I’m not sure the exact amount but I do know it’s not tooooo much.

It tastes like espresso! & to flex my somm muscle, there are notes of black fruits {blackberries, etc} & cocoa!

Now the cocktail!

Tempt unsweetened Vanilla Hemp Milk, Hanson Organic Espresso Vodka, Trader Joe's Coconut Cold Brew

Again, I love coffee cocktails. Maybe it’s the caffeine kick, maybe it’s the flavour, maybe it’s the nostalgia aspect to it? I love them.

They are fun as an apertif before dinner… but also a fun alternative for a brunch cocktail.

Like most of my cocktails, this has no refined sugar & super versatile. If you want something a bit more sweet, add in some sugar.

Tempt unsweetened Vanilla Hemp Milk, Hanson Organic Espresso Vodka, Trader Joe's Coconut Cold Brew

I guess this is kind of like a white Russian? but instead of the sugary liqueur AND the vodka, it’s a one stop shop with the coffee.

I treated it like a cold brew cocktail. Most cold brews, you have to add water to dilute them so I did the same.

Basically, this is a spiked hemp milk latte. Y’all know I LOVE MY HEMP MILK but you can easily do this with almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, or milk milk.

BOOZY ICED LATTES!

boozy iced lattes with hemp or almond milk! by essellesse, a san francisco based lifestyle blog • Hanson of Sonoma Organic Espresso Vodka

ingredients

cold brew {i like coconut!}: 1/2 cup

Hanson’s Espresso Vodka {the best, obsessed}: 2oz

cold water: 1/2 Cup

Hemp Milk {unsweetened Tempt is my fave}: enough to top! ~1/2 Cup

directions

in a shaker, add cold brew / coffee, espresso vodka, & water. Shake with ice & pour into a cup.. feel free to pour it over ice!

Top with hemp milk! stick in a metal straw and enjoy!

notes

if you prefer sweeter drinks, use a sweetened milk or add sugar! could also use any syrups you like

feel lazy with no shaker? simply add the coffee, vodka, & water to a cup & stir with the metal straw!

want to add the vanilla yourself? add in some vanilla powder or extract to regular unsweetened milks!

boozy iced lattes with hemp or almond milk! by essellesse, a san francisco based lifestyle blog • Hanson of Sonoma Organic Espresso Vodka

We should also talk about the straws, right? I bought a set of holographic metal straws and I personally love them with cold drinks since they get SO COLD as you sip. & anything holographic, I need. Check them out! Super inexpensive too. I also love this tumbler that comes with a straw! Cute, right?

Enjoy! & if you want something less boozy, check out this coconut cold brew frappe. I’m obsessed. For more boozy fun, check out my Dirty Bird Chai!

PS – when I lived in Dallas, I had a really fun skinny chocolate martini recipe which I need to get on the blog ASAP. ON IT!!!!

x SLS

+++ for more on cold brew, check out this interview with the Cold Brew Chick!

+++ looking to elevate yourself with cannabis vs alcohol? check out my medicated golden milk 😉

+++ check out my Grown & Sexy playlist – it’s hella fun! Any songs you recc?

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