Espresso martini

Espresso martini is a cocktail that combines the bitter taste of espresso with the sweetness of vodka and liqueur. It’s a popular after-dinner drink that provides a caffeine and alcohol boost.

Espresso martini recipe

  • 50 ml vodka
  • 30 ml Kahlúa
  • 10 ml sugar syrup
  • 1 strong espresso

Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker, shake well with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Directions for how to make the Espresso martini

  1. Pour 50 ml of vodka into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add 30 ml of Kahlúa into the shaker.
  3. Measure out 10 ml of sugar syrup and pour it into the shaker.
  4. Prepare one strong shot of espresso and add it to the shaker.
  5. Add ice to the shaker and shake well.
  6. Take a chilled cocktail glass and strain the contents of the shaker into it.
  7. Garnish with coffee beans (optional).
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Tips for how to make the perfect Espresso martini

  • The key to a perfect Espresso martini is using fresh espresso. Make sure to pull a shot of espresso right before making the drink.
  • Use high-quality vodka and a coffee liqueur, such as Kahlúa.
  • Shake the ingredients vigorously with ice to create a frothy top.
  • Garnish with three coffee beans for good luck and an extra touch of class.
  • Serve immediately in a chilled glass to prevent dilution.

Alcohol-free alternative to the Espresso martini

One alcohol-free alternative to the drink Espresso martini is a mocktail called the “Espresso Kiss.” This drink is made with freshly brewed espresso, chocolate syrup, and cream, which is then shaken with ice and strained into a martini glass.

To make an Espresso Kiss, you will need:

  • 1 shot of freshly brewed espresso
  • 1/2 oz of chocolate syrup
  • 3 oz of cream
  • Ice
  • Martini glass


  1. Brew one shot of espresso and let it cool slightly.

  2. Add the cooled espresso, chocolate syrup, and cream to a cocktail shaker.

  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.

  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Espresso martini fun facts

  1. The Espresso Martini was invented by British bartender Dick Bradsell in the 1980s, who wanted to create a cocktail that would wake up tired customers.
  2. It was originally called the “Vodka Espresso” until a customer nicknamed it the Espresso Martini.
  3. The original recipe calls for vodka, Kahlua, a shot of espresso, and sugar syrup, but many variations exist with different liqueurs or flavored syrups.
  4. The espresso in the drink not only adds flavor but also gives the cocktail a caffeine boost, making it a popular choice for after-dinner drinks or late-night outings.
  5. There is an annual Espresso Martini Festival that takes place in London, where bartenders showcase their unique takes on the classic cocktail.