Coffee Gin & Espresso Martini Recipe

You may have been lucky enough to score yourself one of September's exclusive add-ons, a first look at Darling’s latest release – their coffee gin!

Taking Darling Gin directly from the still, cacao nibs, roasted hazelnuts and roasted wattleseed are added, macerated and soaked for 7 days. Alongside this, specialty coffee from a neighbouring coffee roaster is cold-brewed in water for 7 days.

After the week is up, both liquids are filtered and combined, plus a touch of sweetness using dates. The result is a unique, full-strength 38% Coffee Gin, with no added sugar.

‘We did go through a long period of product development with this, having so many variables meant a lot of trial and – luckily not so much error, but – balancing. We trialled whole vs. ground hazelnuts and wattleseed, different levels of roast in the hazelnuts, coffee roasts and strengths, sweetness from the dates and even methods of coffee extraction. Our first trial of brewing coffee directly in gin was horrific!’

Being a full-strength spirit that is crafted from a true gin base with no added sugar makes this a very unique drop. Other similar products are predominantly liqueurs made from a base spirit of ethanol with the addition of a lot of sugar. The icing on the cake setting Darling’s Coffee gin apart is the effort and care they go for a top notch flavour; grinding and cold brewing freshly roasted coffee beans, rather than turning to coffee flavoured concentrates.

For those that love a full flavoured gin with a smooth mouthfeel and prefer to steer clear from a sticky sweet liqueur, we cannot recommend this enough! Creamy roasted hazelnut, cacao and wattleseed are a match made in heaven for the buttery esters in their Darling Gin. When it comes to a full strength gin and decadent liqueur flavours, Darling’s Coffee Gin offers the very best of both worlds.


- 60ml Darling Coffee Gin
- 60ml (double shot) espresso
- 15ml sugar syrup (optional)

Three coffee beans or an orange twist

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake until frosted. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish. 


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This gin is a nod to you, our members. We’ve tasted hundreds of delicious Australian gins over the years and every year our tasting panel has the (really terrible) job of choosing their 12 favourite gins to share with you. It’s tough competition and they’re a very picky bunch!

Twelve months ago, we floated the idea of making something exclusively for our members; something one off and never to be repeated. It needed to be something for the collectors to add to their gin shelves and moreover, we had to make a product we were proud to share, and one delicious enough to get past our tasting panel!