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How to Make the Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini is one of the most popular cocktails in the world, that is for sure. Making it is so easy – just mix espresso and vodka with coffee liqueur, and it’s yours!

Espresso Martini

The history of the classic Espresso Martini is not that old. The rumor is that it was first ordered by a supermodel from bartender Dick Bradsell in a club in London in the 1980s. She asked for a cocktail that would “wake me up and then f**k me up.” Ever since, the strong coffee flavor and booze of this drink have been the talk of the town and every coffee lovers cocktails!

Usually served as an after dinner drink or end of dinner cocktail, the Espresso Martini can be enjoyed any time as that perfect cocktail with a boost of energy!

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What goes into an Espresso Martini?

Here is what you will need to make this popular, classic coffee cocktail:

  • Vodka: It’s not a martini without vodka (ok, gin too!). This distilled spirit is available everywhere and I would suggest getting one that doesn’t have a defined flavor. No matter which brand you choose, it should be a premium brand.
  • Freshly brewed espresso coffee: Fresh espresso is crucial to this recipe. The rich brewed espresso will give you a deep and stronger coffee taste which we all love. Still, not everyone has an espresso machine in the house, so use whichever coffee machine you do have. Use espresso beans, if you can, or any strong, dark roast coffee beans. Other than an espresso maker , you can use a french press, a melita, or even a cold brew coffee maker. Strong cold brew coffee can be as a fresh shot of espresso.
  • Coffee liqueur: The addition of a coffee liqueur such as Kahlua, Tia Maria or Mr. Black, adds even more coffee flavor, plus a little bit of sugar for this traditional Espresso Martini recipe
  • Simple syrup: A simple blend of sugar in water is perfect for adding sweetness to this classic martini.
  • Coffee beans: Use fresh coffee beans to garnish this cocktail.

What tools you need to make an Espresso Martini

You will most definitely needing be cocktail shaker for this one! Grab a jigger, a barspoon, and a martini glass or a coupe glass for this Espresso Martini recipe.

How do you make the perfect Espresso Martini

Here are simple steps you have to follow:

Start by brewing fresh espresso coffee (or making coffee). You can do that in an espresso machine or in a French press. Whatever you have available will work. Once brewed, set it aside. In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, coffee liqueur, simple syrup, and freshly brewed espresso. Add ice cubes and seal the shaker with a lid. Now, give the shaker a vigorous shake for about 60 seconds. Strain everything into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with either a sprinkling of ground coffee, instant espresso powder, or coffee beans and serve.

  • 🍸Top Tip(le): It’s best if you put the vodka into the freezer to get it really cold beforehand.
    • Always brew fresh espresso for this cocktail. Make sure you are using premium quality coffee.
    • The Espresso Martini is known for its froth which comes from shaking warm espresso in the shaker. So, make sure you don’t let the espresso sit for too long. It should be warm enough.
    • Don’t forget it place the serving glass in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.
    • To ensure you have froth, serve this drink immediately.
    • You can always make this with decaf espresso as well or a double shot of espresso!

What else can you do with the Espresso Martini

Here are a few ways you can adjust this drink according to your liking:

  • Flavored vodka: Try this Espresso Martini with flavored vodka, instead of regular vodka. Vanilla vodka is the most usual one!
  • Irish cream: This drink goes so well with Irish cream as it makes it even creamier. You can use any brand, but I prefer the original Bailey’s Irish cream.
  • Rum: You can use rum instead of vodka as well. Rum has a richer and much more pronounced flavor.
  • Flavored liqueur: Use flavored liqueur like salted caramel or chocolate.
  • Rim the Glass: You can rim the glass with espresso, cinnamon or even coat the inside with a little caramel or chocolate syrup!

Where to find more Martini recipes

Here are a few of my favorites:

 Plus more Espresso Martini recipes here

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Where to find ingredients for Espresso Martini cocktails

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Here is the recipe!

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini is one of the most popular cocktails in the world, that is for sure. Making it is so easy – just mix espresso and vodka with coffee liqueur, and it's yours!
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Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine British
Servings 1
Calories 201 kcal


  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Coffee liqueur
  • 1/4 oz Simple syrup
  • 1 oz Freshly brewed espresso
  • Coffee beans


  • Add all of the ingredients to a shaker
  • Fill with ice and shake
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass
  • Garnish with 3 coffee beans


Serving: 1gCalories: 201kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 0.04gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 38mgSugar: 12gVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.3mg
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