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Espresso martini in a glass

Espresso Martini

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Creamy & rich, every sip of this cocktail offers a velvety & smooth buzz. The Espresso Martini is a sweet & potent drink that requires just 3 ingredients.

The default recipe makes one cocktail.


  • ice
  • 30ml / 1oz fresh espresso (see note 1)
  • 30ml / 1oz vodka
  • 30ml / 1oz coffee liquor (see note 2)
  • Coffee beans, to garnish


  1. Fill a martini or coupe glass with ice and set it aside.
  2. Make the fresh espresso and set it aside for a couple of minutes to cool slightly (see note 3).
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and then add the vodka, coffee liquor and espresso. Shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds. (see note 4)
  4. Tip the ice out of the glass and then strain the cocktail into the glass. 
  5. Top with 3 coffee beans and enjoy! 


  1. To achieve that beautiful thick foam you need to make sure to use espresso made from a machine (with pressure). If you don’t have a coffee machine the next best thing is a cold brew concentrate.
  2. Kahlua is the most commonly used coffee liquor in an espresso martini. However, you can use any brand. Bear in mind that if you use a variety that is less sweet then you may want to add a little simple syrup to the mixture before shaking.
  3. You want to use the coffee fairly quickly after making it as it will turn more bitter as it oxidised. You can place it in the freezer for a couple of minutes to help it cool faster.
  4. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker then you can use a thermos/coffee flask with a well-sealed lid.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Drink


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 142
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Protein: 0g

Keywords: cocktail, drink, alcohol, coffee, espresso, vodka