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If you find yourself in a “get to it later” mood, give an espresso martini a shot. They are pretty tasty, Doug Sanders advises.

If you have kids like I do, you are tired all the time. I really compounded the issue and waited until my mid 30s to have kids as well. Not only do they run rings around my wife and I, but anyone we happen to meet that is our kids’ age is at least 10 years our junior.

It’s like being in this weird twilight zone of being responsible fiscally, but at the same time irresponsible with your energy at the same time. Heck, 200 years ago I would probably be in my twilight years and a grandfather by now.

With all that in mind, we decided to take our soon-to-be 2 year old and 4 year old on a two-day camping trip.


If you have ever been stuck in a tent at 4 a.m. with a 2 year old, you know the pain. Energy to go on was at a premium, and coffee was the savior.

Sitting in a camping chair, tired, back half blown out, drinking coffee while watching your kids try to catch a fish and swim at the same time makes it all worth it though. Seeing them shine while outdoors truly is one of life’s great sights.

By the time we got home Sunday afternoon, we were wiped. Kids were down for a nap and we had everything unloaded and back into the house in a giant heap of “will get to it later.” Just one of those days where you need an energy injection coupled with something stiff.

That’s where the espresso martini comes into play. It will relax you and pep you up at the same time — one of nature’s wonders.

If you find yourself in a “get to it later” mood, give one a shot. They are pretty tasty.


Espresso martini

½ oz vodka

½ oz coffee liqueur

1 oz freshly brewed espresso


1. Put the vodka, coffee liqueur and freshly brewed espresso into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Using hot espresso helps to create a creamy head on the cocktail.

2. Hake vigorously for 30 seconds until well-chilled, then strain into the glasses.

3. Enjoy the zen.

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