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Espresso Martini Recipe with a bonus variation (coffee liqueur cocktail 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 cocktail recipe 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 how to make a classic espresso martin, and, a cool delicious variation for you chocolate lovers out there.

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For a quality Espresso Martini, you need these ingredients:

There are a few things that you will need for both of these coffee liqueur
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 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 favourite coffees here.

(Quality) Vodka

The basis of good coffee cocktails such as these is a good coffee liqueur (you can make your own). The basis of a good coffee liqueur is a quality, high-caliber, clean vodka. 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 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.

Some cocktails, such as the Irish coffee, call for a standard coffee-looking glass. But the coffee martini is a little more classy. 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.

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If you have guests to impress, you can also include a variety of finishing touches, from an orange peel (1) 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 beans or chocolate shavings on top.

Got everything pulled together? Great. Let’s make some coffee martinis!

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An espresso martini garnished with coffee beans
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Classic Espresso Martini Recipe

  • Author: Alex Azoury
  • Prep Time: 4
  • Total Time: 4 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


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!


  • 12 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 (for Garnish)


  1. Brew espresso or strong coffee

  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


  • Freeze your glass beforehand to help keep your drink chilled for longer
  • Start with half a shot of sugar syrup, and increase it until it hits the spot. 
  • Don’t use a light roast bean; opt for medium or dark roast espresso beans.
  • Category: drinks
  • Method: Shaken, not stirred
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 572

Keywords: espresso martini

Bonus espresso martini 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!

dark chocolate espresso martini recipe
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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 filled with ice cubes.
  • 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 glass. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Final Thoughts

An espresso martini close up.
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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 espresso martini cocktail recipe have you tried before?

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

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    My world consists of coffee, travel, water sports and dogs...sometimes all at the same time! I spent years traveling and working in various coffee establishments, and it was on my travels that my love affair with coffee began. I've been involved in every part of the coffee production process from farm to cup and love nothing more than sharing my knowledge of my favorite morning brew with the world.

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