Battello in Jersey City is known for its incredible NYC views — both as a wedding venue and restaurant destination, and now — its frozen espresso martinis. Having just debuted the new frozen drink in late May, this spin on the cocktail is a serious summer upgrade (move over, frosé and aperol spritz — sorry not sorry). Here’s a bit more about Battello’s newest summer cocktail + also some other spots you can get an espresso martini in Hoboken + Jersey City.
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First Things First — What’s In an Espresso Martini?
For most espresso martinis, the recipe is as follows:
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 3/4 ounce coffee liqueur
- 1/4 ounce crème de cacao liqueur, optional
- 1 ounce chilled espresso
- 3 coffee beans, for garnish
But the drink can vary greatly, depending on who’s making it.
At Battello, it’s this + a frozen twist created by Battello’s beverage directory Leti — but at nearby rooftop bar RoofTop Exchange Place, the newly-debuted espresso martini subs vodka with tequila (more on that later).
Battello, located at 502 Washington Boulevard, has been an upscale waterfront restaurant and wedding venue for the last few years — serving up delicious seafood and other dishes by the renowned local Chef Ryan DePersio and his team. Chef DePersio also is the creator of Fascino in Montclair, NICO Kitchen, and The Kitchen Step, also in Jersey City.
One thing to note — Battello can sometimes be closed for private events, as it hosts weddings on the regular, so make sure to check social media to ensure you don’t wedding crash while on the hunt for its new cocktail.
Other Spots for Espresso Martinis Around Town
Dusk 2 Dawn Martini at RoofTop at Exchange Place
To fulfill our promises above, the RoofTop Exchange Place bar recently reopened to the public with no shortage of unique mixology. The standout, is, of course, the Dusk 2 Dawn, which is its twist on the espresso martini — with tequila. The recipe is Don Julio Blanco, simple syrup, Averna Amaro, cold brew coffee, and mole bitters. It is *worth* the elevator ride up (but who are we kidding, that’s the fun part).
We also just had the most amazing traditional espresso martini at Laico’s on Terhune Avenue in Jersey City. A must-visit — more on this old-school Italian spot here.
Espresso Martini at Laico’s
A few other noteworthy espresso martini spots (*NOT* limited to this list) are: Margherita’s, Il Tavolo di Palmisano, The Kitchen Step, Mathew’s Food & Drink, and Dullboy. Full list of our picks here.
Regardless, you can basically espresso martini hop around Hoboken + Jersey City for the next 3 days, if that’s your thing, as there’s no shortage of coffee-spiked cocktails in our area.