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
- Pour 50 ml of vodka into a cocktail shaker.
- Add 30 ml of Kahlúa into the shaker.
- Measure out 10 ml of sugar syrup and pour it into the shaker.
- Prepare one strong shot of espresso and add it to the shaker.
- Add ice to the shaker and shake well.
- Take a chilled cocktail glass and strain the contents of the shaker into it.
- Garnish with coffee beans (optional).
- 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
- Martini glass
Brew one shot of espresso and let it cool slightly.
Add the cooled espresso, chocolate syrup, and cream to a cocktail shaker.
Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.
Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
Serve and enjoy!
Espresso martini fun facts
- 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.
- It was originally called the “Vodka Espresso” until a customer nicknamed it the Espresso Martini.
- The original recipe calls for vodka, Kahlua, a shot of espresso, and sugar syrup, but many variations exist with different liqueurs or flavored syrups.
- 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.
- There is an annual Espresso Martini Festival that takes place in London, where bartenders showcase their unique takes on the classic cocktail.