2 Amazing Espresso Martini Recipes

Have you ever rubbed the sleep from your eyes and thought about getting yet another boring ol cup of coffee to keep yourself going just a little bit longer?

Coffee based cocktails to the rescue!

Mixing coffee and booze can be a sophisticated way to make a stiff yet relaxing drink to help you wake up and wind down all at once.

Here's a classic espresso martini recipe + a cool, delicious variation for you chocolate lovers out there.

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Classic Espresso Martini

An Espresso Martini is a sophisticated way to make a drink that'll help you wake up and wind down all at once. Use quality ingredients and you get a quality drink!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword espresso martini
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 572 kcal


  • 1-2 oz Espresso (or 2 oz very strongly brewed coffee)
  • 1 oz vodka Non flavoured
  • ice
  • 1 oz Kahlua Liquor
  • 1/2 oz Sugar syrup
  • 3 Whole coffee beans Garnish


  1. Brew espresso

  2. Add espresso, vodka, kahlua, sugar syrup and ice to the cocktail shaker

  3. Shake hard for 30 seconds

  4. Pour into chilled martini glass through a strainer or sieve (this avoids ice entering the drink)

  5. Garnish with coffee beans

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Don't Skimp On Quality

There are a few things that you will need for both recipes.

We’ll take a look at the main ones here, and get into specifics for each individual recipe below.

(Quality) Coffee

You can use brewed coffee if you'd like, but for best results, use a shot of espresso.

Many varieties of coffee beans work well so experiment and have fun with it. Of course, beans that go well with pressure brewing will do the best here. I'd recommend a bean with a strong coffee taste such as a Brazilian.

Need a hand picking your new fave? Check out our list of the Best Rated Coffee Beans to Try!

PRO TIP: If you’re making brewed coffee make sure it's strong, as it will be diluted by the ice. Consider double brewing.

(Quality) Vodka

A high-caliber, clean vodka is your best bet here.

Preferably not an infused one as you want to taste the coffee front and center.

Remember; don't skimp and buy shitty ingredients, unless you want to drink a shitty martini.

A few handfuls of Ice

Ice in coffee recipes is not a new thing. In this case, the ice serves the important double role of both cooling down and mixing your drink!

You'll need a decent chunk of ice for shaking this bad boy up with, so make sure you have enough beforehand (say 3 handfuls per drink)

A Martini Glass and A Cocktail Shaker.

Obviously, a martini glass is ideal, but any glass should do just fine. This is what you’ll drink your coffee martini in.

A shaker is a great choice for a “mixing” container as well, but if you don’t have a shaker you can simply stir it in a normal glass. But I would not recommend this.

PRO TIP: Freeze your glasses ahead of time, to help keep your drink cold for longer.

Feel free to add sugar or sugar syrup to any of these recipes if sweetness is a must for your specialty drinks.

If you have guests to impress, you can also include a variety of finishing touches, from an orange peel to the classic coat of sugar around the rim of the glass (first rub the rim with vodka to get it to stick), or even a few whole coffee beans or chocolate shavings on top.

Got everything pulled together?

Great. Let’s make some coffee martinis!

The Classic Espresso Martini

The Espresso Martini recipe is the perfect pick-me-up post-dinner. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 ½ ounces of vodka
  • 1 ½ ounces of Kahlua
  • 1 ½ ounces of espresso
  • 1 ½ ounces of milk or light cream
  • Ice
  • Mixing glass or shaker
  • Drinking glass

Optional (see step #3)

  • A few drops of almond syrup


  • Step #1. Make Your Espresso. Make a shot of espresso. This time it can’t be brewed coffee!
  • Step #2. Put It Together. Combine vodka, Kahlua, espresso, and milk/cream into shaker or glass with ice.
  • Step #3. Add Almond Syrup (Optional). Add a few drops of almond syrup to pack that puppy with even more flavor!
  • Step #4. Mix It Up! Shake or stir for at least thirty seconds.
  • Step #5. Pour It And Enjoy. Strain out the ice and pour the coffee martini mixture into your martini glass. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

[Bonus] Variation: The Creamy Dark Chocolate Martini

This recipe takes a twist on the original by adding some Crème de Cacao Dark and half and half for the ultimate chocolate martini experience!

What You'll Need

  • Either a double shot of espresso or 2 ounces of very strongly brewed coffee
  • 1 ½ ounces of vodka
  • 1 ounce of Crème de Cacao Dark
  • ¼ cup of half and half
  • Ice
  • Mixing glass or shaker
  • Drinking glass


  • Step #1. Brew your coffee. Make your espresso, or brew your coffee with a strong, concentrated flavor.
  • Step #2. Put it together. Combine coffee, vodka, Crème de Cacao, and half and half into a shaker or glass with ice.
  • Step #3. Mix it up! Shake or stir for about one minute.
  • Step #4. Pour it and enjoy. Strain out the ice and pour the coffee martini mixture into your martini glass. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Enjoy, you stylish human you.

Three great ways to wake up, relax, and cool down all at once. These recipes are great for anything from a hot day in the sun to a late night pick-me-up.

Which one are you planning on trying?

Are you going to sweeten it or add a garnish? What coffee martini recipes have you tried before?

Let us know! And don’t be shy – share these recipes and spread the coffee martini joy!

We got more cool recipes! Try this delicious Irish Coffee recipe and this classic Greek Coffee recipe.


Alex is the Founder and Editor of Homegrounds.co. He is passionate about brewing amazing coffee at home, and teaching others to do the same.

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