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Cold Brew Martini Recipe (Make One Without Espresso!)

While your traditional espresso or espresso con pana is great with dessert, sometimes, you need to shake things up a bit. Why not serve a decadent, cold brew martini?

If you’ve never made cold brew cocktails, don’t worry. We’ve got you.

Keep reading to learn more about which types of vodka, coffee liqueur, and single-origin coffee beans are best for this cold brew martini recipe.

What You’ll Need

  • 2 shots (3 fluid ounces) vodka
  • 2 shots (3 fluid ounces) coffee liqueur
  • 2 shots (3 fluid ounces) cold brew coffee concentrate
  • Whipped cream
  • Dark chocolate espresso beans for garnish
  • Cold brew concentrate ice cubes
  • 1 12-ounce martini glass, chilled
  • 1 cocktail shaker

At a Glance

Brew Time:

10 minutes

Yield

12 fluid ounces

How to Make a Cold Brew Martini Without Espresso

The cold brew martini is perhaps one of our favorite coffee cocktails to make when entertaining guests. With just three simple ingredients, you can liven up any after-dinner gathering. In fact, all you’ll need is some cold brew coffee concentrate, coffee liqueur, and vodka.

And unlike our espresso martini, you won’t even need an espresso machine to make it. By the way, are you looking for more cold brew drink ideas? We’ve got loads of them for you here.

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So how do you make the best cold brew martini? Keep reading to find out:

  • Which coffees you should use for your cold brew concentrate
  • Which vodkas best complement your cold brew martini
  • And finally, which coffee liqueur will take this drink over the top

Choosing Your Vodka

When choosing vodka for your martini coffee cocktail, it’s essential to look at the tasting notes and compare them to the rest of your ingredients.

For example, since we’ll be using coffee liqueur and cold brew concentrate, we chose to use Grey Goose’s La Poire vodka. Just a note, we’re #NotSponsored.

Part of Grey Goose’s fruit-flavored vodkas, La poire incorporates all the crispness, sweetness, and roundness of an anjou pear. Combined with a fruity or floral aroma, this vodka makes a great complement to the fruity, floral flavors in our concentrate and deep, dark chocolate coffee beans (1).

As a general rule of thumb, choose vodkas that are:

  • Sweet
  • Mild
  • And not herbal

Choosing Your Coffee Beans

You can certainly use any single-origin bean you prefer for your cold brew martini, but we’d suggest something like an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. Its wine-like acidity and peach, melon, and pineapple notes do a fantastic job of balancing the chocolaty sweetness of the drink.

Choosing Your Coffee Liqueur

Lastly, you’ll need an excellent coffee liqueur to round your drink. While most people tend to conflate Kahlua with Baileys, there is an appreciable difference in their tasting notes.

First, Kahlua has a heavy body with notes of strong espresso and a nutty finish. Made with rum, vanilla bean, and sugar, this liqueur is excellent when you want a more intense espresso undertone to your martini. On the other hand, Baileys is creamy, and sweet, with a lighter mouthfeel. Because of the Irish creme in this liqueur, it’ll be more like the experience of drinking a creamy breve.

We used 3 ounces of Baileys to complement the crisp, fruity La Poire and wine-like, tropical Yirgacheffe (2).

Now that you’ve chosen your single-origin coffee beans, coffee liqueur, and cold brew concentrate, let’s make a cold brew martini.

1. Chill Your Martini Glass

Thirty minutes before you’re ready to serve your cold brew martinis, place your 12-ounce martini glass or glasses in the freezer to chill.

Pro tip: If you need a bit more time, you can chill them in the freezer for up to two hours beforehand. This will give you enough time to make your cold brew ice but not your actual cold brew concentrate. So, be sure to have the concentrate ready to go.

2. Prep Your Cold Brew Concentrate and Cold Brew Ice Cubes

If you haven’t already, pour some cold brew coffee concentrate into an ice tray and make your cold brew ice cubes. The ice ensures your martini stays cold and undiluted.

Pro Tip: You can make these ice cubes and cold brew concentrate the day before and use them in any coffee-based drink.

3. Assemble Your Cold Brew Martini

To start, place your cold brew ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Next, pour in 2 shots or 3 fluid ounces each of Baileys coffee liqueur and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe cold brew concentrate.

Then, shake until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted.

Pro Tip: Since you’ve already placed ice cubes into the cocktail shaker, you don’t need to add any more in your chilled cocktail glass.

4. Garnish Your Martini

Finally, pour your shaken martini into your chilled martini glass. Garnish with whipped cream and as many dark chocolate espresso beans as you’d like.

Related: If you want another coffee cocktail with cold brew, try cold brew old fashioned!

Final Thoughts

And that’s how you make the best cold brew martini around without an espresso maker. Serve this martini with tiramisu, a flourless torte, or even some fresh fruit with cream to round out your evening.

Did you make this cold brew martini? We’d love to hear more about your coffee cocktail experience. Drop us a comment below or in our Home Grounds Facebook group.

FAQs

Yes, you can use chilled brewed coffee if that’s all you have. However, a cold brew coffee concentrate is ideal for this martini because of its smooth, mild cup profile.

If you don’t have a shaker, any jar with a tight-fitting lid will work. Just be sure it’s clean, so no off-flavors are imparted into your martini.

The best way to shake a cocktail is in a cocktail shaker. Place your ingredients, secure the shaker, and shake vigorously for ten seconds. Alternatively, watch for frost to form outside the metallic shaker.

  1. GREY GOOSE® La Poire. (2022). Grey Goose® Vodka. https://www.greygoose.com/products/la-poire.html
  2. “Kahlua vs. Baileys”. Drinkssaloon.com. https://drinkssaloon.com/kahlua-vs-baileys/
Iris M. Pang
One of my first childhood memories of coffee was in Montreal, Quebec. Every time my family and I walked through the mall, the aroma of fresh, brewed coffee and Belgian waffles permeated all the stores. Whatever that delicious smell was, I had to have it. And the rest is history. When I'm not writing or touring local coffee shops, you'll find me on social media, trying out different ethnic cuisine at local restaurants, and having deep discussions over coffee and pastries.

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