Happy Birthday Van Gogh Espresso & Double Espresso!

This summer marks the 10th anniversary of the introduction of Van Gogh Espresso and Van Gogh Double Espresso vodkas – the first of their kind, ever! Before Van Gogh, there was no such thing as coffee-flavored vodka (the horror!). To celebrate this milestone, Van Gogh created a fun trade advertising campaign and asked mixologists around the country to create recipes in honor of the anniversary!

View the cocktails below and download them with the ads here.

van gogh vodka cocktails

Nutty Bean

  • 2 oz. Van Gogh Espresso
  • 1 – 1/4 oz. Frangelico
  • 2-3 tbsp. Whipped cream

Shake all ingredients and pour over ice. Garnish with cinnamon.

Chocolate Orange

  • 1 – 1/4 oz. Van Gogh Double Espresso
  • 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Oranje
  • 1/4 oz. Cointreau

Shake and serve in a shot glass with an orange wedge.

van gogh vodka cocktail

Art of Tiki

  • 2 oz. Van Gogh Espresso
  • 1 – 1/2 oz. Passion fruit
  • 3/4 oz. Cinnamon reduction*
  • 3/4 Lemon
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters

Add ingredients to shaker, except bitters. Add ice, shake and strain into a Collins glass. Add bitters on the top. Garnish with fresh cinnamon and a mint sprig.

*Cinnamon Reduction: Bring 1 pint of water to a boil with 8 cinnamon sticks. Boil until cinnamon sticks start to unravel and water darkens. Add 1 – 1/4 cups of sugar and lower heat to a simmer. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, cover with a lid and let cool for an hour. Strain reduction into a bottle and remove cinnamon sticks.

Starry Night

  • 1 – 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Double Espresso
  • 1/2 oz. Italian Amaro
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1/2 oz. Allspice reduction*
  • 2 dashes Chocolate bitters

Chill martini glass. Crack one egg white into a shaker followed by remaining ingredients. Add ice and shake, strain into shaker and dry shake for 10 seconds. Strain into martini glass and garnish with grated nutmeg. Place star multi-colored sprinkles in a V shape.

*Allspice Reduction: Crack 10 whole allspice with a mallet to open the flavor. Bring 1 pint of water to a boil with whole allspice. Boil until water darkens. Add 1 – 1/4 cups of sugar and lower heat to a simmer. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Cover with a lid and let it cool for an hour. Strain reduction into a bottle and remove allspice.

van gogh vodka cocktails

Espresso Soaked Cherry

  • 2 oz. Van Gogh Espresso
  • 1 oz. RumChata
  • 1/2 oz. Guava purée
  • Cherry flavored sugar crystals

Rim chilled martini glass with cherry crystals. Pour ingredients into a mixing glass over ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Espresso Manhattan

  • 2 oz. Van Gogh Double Espresso
  • 1/2 oz. Sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. Grenadine
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 Maraschino cherry

Pour ingredients into a mixing glass over ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

van gogh vodka

The Not Quite Russian

  • 1 – 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Espresso
  • 1 oz. Cream
  • 1 – 1/2 oz. Liqueur 43

Roll ingredients in a tin shaker twice. Strain over rocks glass full of ice. Finish with a pinch of cocoa powder.

Double Espresso Martini

  • 2 oz. Van Gogh Double Espresso
  • 1 oz. Caffè Borghetti
  • 1 Fresh hot single espresso

Shake vigorously in a tin to ensure a nice foamy head and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with lemon oil expressed from lemon peel and leave floating on top.

van gogh vodka cocktails

Espresso Dreams

  • 2 oz. Van Gogh Espresso
  • 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Citroen
  • 1 oz. Sour mix
  • Splash of pineapple juice

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with five coffee beans.

Double Trouble

    • 2 oz. Van Gogh Double Espresso
    • 1 oz. Van Gogh Vanilla
    • 1/2 oz. Simple syrup
    • 2 oz. Cranberry juice
    • 3 Fresh strawberries
    • Dash of fresh lime juice

Muddle the strawberries, add remaining ingredients and ice into a shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a vanilla flower petal.