Dandelion Espresso Martini: No 1 Cocktail From Field to Glass

As a nature enthusiast and coffee lover the dandelion espresso martini is my dream, there’s nothing more satisfying than incorporating wild ingredients into my daily routine. One plant that is often overlooked but holds tremendous potential is the humble dandelion. In this article, we will explore the art of foraging dandelion roots and how they can be transformed into a delightful cup of dandelion root coffee, before making a brilliant twist on the espresso martini.

Dandelions are often considered pesky weeds, but they are so much more than that. Every part of the dandelion plant can be utilized, from its vibrant yellow flowers to its nutritious leaves and, of course in this instance its roots. These resilient plants are packed with vitamins and minerals, making them a valuable addition to any diet. So, instead of cursing their presence in your garden, embrace the abundance of dandelions and explore the endless possibilities they offer.

The Benefits of Dandelion Root Coffee

Dandelion root coffee is a fantastic alternative to traditional coffee, especially for those looking to reduce their caffeine intake or exploring new flavors. Besides being caffeine-free, dandelion root coffee boasts a variety of health benefits. It’s said to aid digestion, support liver health, and is rich in antioxidants. Additionally, dandelion root coffee has a similar taste profile to regular coffee, with earthy and slightly bitter notes. So, if you’re ready to embark on a new coffee adventure, dandelion root coffee could be a perfect choice.

Digging your Dandelion Roots

  • Choose a suitable location: Look for dandelions in pesticide-free areas such as meadows, parks, or your own backyard.
  • Identify the plant: Dandelions have distinct yellow flowers and toothed leaves. Once you spot them, trace the stem down to the root.
  • Dig carefully: Using a garden fork or trowel, dig around the base of the plant, making sure to loosen the soil. Gently pull the root out, taking care not to damage it.
  • Collect the roots: Shake off excess soil and place the dandelion roots in a basket or bag. Remember to only take what you need, leaving some behind for future growth.
  • Only dig up dandelion roots from places where you have permission (there’s actually a law stopping us from digging up any plants from places we don’t have permission)

By following these simple steps, you can gather an ample supply of dandelion roots for your coffee-making adventures.

I actually find the best places to big up dandelion roots are on allotments, turn up to your local allotment and offer to dig them up and people tend to fall over backwards to have you ‘weed’ their allotments. Even better the soft soil on allotments makes digging these up even easier.

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How to Prepare Dandelion Roots for Dandelion Espresso Martini

Before you can transform dandelion roots into a delicious cup of coffee, they need to be properly cleaned and prepared. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Rinse: Start by rinsing the dandelion roots under cold water to remove any dirt or debris.
  • Scrub: Using a vegetable brush, gently scrub the roots to ensure they are thoroughly clean.
  • Trim and discard: Trim off any damaged or heavily browning areas and discard them. Focus on the main roots, as these are the ones you will be using for your coffee.
  • Dry: Once cleaned, pat the dandelion roots dry with a clean towel.

Now that your dandelion roots are clean and ready, it’s time to roast them before we make a brew.

Roasting your Dandelion Roots

  • Roast the roots: Preheat your oven to 125°. Spread the cleaned & chopped dandelion roots on a baking sheet and roast them for about 45 minutes or until they turn dark brown. Chop the roots into 1cm pieces. Make sure the roots don’t overlap each other, they need to be well spaced out.
  • The key to making this work well is to leace the oven door open for the first 15 minutes to dry them out a little.
  • Grind the roots: Once roasted, allow the dandelion roots to cool completely. Then, grind them using a coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle until you have a coarse powder.
  • Brew: Add 1 tablespoon of ground dandelion root coffee per person, approx 200ml of boiling water in your French press & Brew it as you would regular coffee.
  • Pour the brewed dandelion root coffee into a mug and savor the unique flavors. You can add your preferred sweeteners or milk alternatives to enhance the taste.

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Now for our Dandelion Espresso Martini

If you’re looking to add a touch of sophistication and excitement to your dandelion root coffee, an espresso martini is the perfect choice. This delectable cocktail combines the richness of dandelion root coffee with the smoothness of vodka and the sweetness of coffee liqueur. Here’s how you can make a dandelion root coffee espresso martini:


  • 2 shots of dandelion root coffee
  • 2 shots of vodka, 
  • 1 shot of coffee liqueur, 
  • 1 shot of sugar syrup, 
  • Ice cubes


  • In a cocktail shaker: Add the dandelion root coffee, vodka, coffee liqueur, and syrup. 
  • Add ice to the shaker.
  • Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds to combine the flavors and chill the drink.
  • Strain and serve: Strain the dandelion espresso martini cocktail into a martini glass

Cheers and enjoy: Raise your glass, take a sip, and revel in the delightful combination of flavors. The smoothness of the vodka and the richness of the dandelion root coffee create a truly extraordinary experience.

Other Cocktail Variations Using Dandelion Root Coffee

While the dandelion root coffee espresso martini is undoubtedly a delightful choice, there are several other cocktail variations you can explore using dandelion root coffee. Here are a few ideas to inspire your mixology adventures:

  • Dandelion Mocha Martini: Add a shot of chocolate liqueur to your dandelion root coffee espresso martini for a decadent twist.
  • Dandelion Vanilla Latte Martini: Infuse your dandelion root coffee espresso martini with the smoothness of vanilla by adding a shot of vanilla vodka.
  • Dandelion Irish Coffee Martini: Combine dandelion root coffee, Irish whiskey, and a dollop of whipped cream for a delightful Irish-inspired cocktail.

Please experiment with different ingredients and create your own signature dandelion root coffee cocktails. The possibilities are endless!

So, the next time you come across a field of dandelions, don’t disregard them as weeds. Grab your basket, and embark on a foraging adventure. Discover the magic hidden beneath the earth’s surface and let it inspire your coffee-making skills.

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Physical Characteristics of Dandelions

The dandelion is an extremely effective perennial, having the ability to grow from seed and root segment. A single plant can produce up to 5,000 seeds, which have the ability to travel in the wind over 200 metres from their origin. They also do not need to be pollinated to reproduce. Dandelions grow above a sturdy taproot that can grow over 30cm down, forming a basal rosette of deeply lobed leaves.


The leaves can grow from 5-50cms long and 2-10cms wide, the leaf can vary slightly from one to another but all leaves are typically oblong or obovate in shape becoming more narrow towards the base of the plant. The leaf edge ranges from being shallow to deeply lobed but they are allays lobed in some way, giving them the appearance of lions’ teeth.

Flowers & Stem

A single flower head grows from a single, hollow leafless stem that can grow up to 50cms and on breaking exudes a white latex. The yellow flowers grow from a single centre and resemble an opened traditional Japanese umbrella.


This umbrella eventually becomes a white puffball of seeds, which can easily be carried for dispersal by the wind.

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Edible Use

Root: If collected late autumn this can be roasted for coffee substitute or syrup. Tender roots are suitable for grating and lacto fermenting, or roasted or boiled with Marmite (vegemite).
Stem: use as a straw for drinking chilled dandelion flower tea, cordial or wine.

Leaves: fresh and early growth in spring can be used in salads, pasta dough, as a vegetable, for tisane, juicing, lacto-fermenting, pesto, a bitter for cocktails and beer making.

Flower: for tea, cordial, salads, wine, marmalade, and tempura.

Closed flower bud: (before going in to seed) as a vegetable.

Fruit/seeds: for sprouting micro dandelions used in salads.

Herbal Use

Dandelion is mainly used as a liver tonic and diuretic. The white juice exuding from the stem is said to cure warts. Dandelion was, historically, known for treating a large array of ailments due to the large number of active compounds present within the whole plant.


In order to decrease some of the bitterness sometimes present in the leaf, you can rip the two leaf edges away from the centre, removing the majority of the white liquid causing the bitter taste. If you place a pot with a small hole in it over a young dandelion it will grow a large pale leaf which will be a lot less bitter, more tender and delicate as a salad, restaurants actually buy this stuff, it’s like forcing rhubarb.

Tips and Observations

Dandelions that grow in the shade tend to have the largest and best edible leaves, whereas dandelions growing in full sun produce the most amazing flowers. Just before picking the dandelions, give the flower a sharp flick to knock away any potential bugs that may be resting in there.

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