Espresso Martini Recipe (Espresso Infusion)

Espresso Martini Recipe
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Brewed Espresso Martini Recipe
Savor the luxurious Espresso Martini: a blend of vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup, shaken to frothy perfection and garnished with cocoa powder and coffee beans for a sensory delight.

In the heart of a bustling city, where the neon lights dance with the rhythm of life, there exists a haven for those who seek a blend of sophistication and indulgence. Picture yourself in a dimly lit lounge, the air thick with anticipation and the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans. Here, amidst the chatter of the cosmopolitan crowd, the bartender becomes an alchemist, transforming simple ingredients into liquid gold.

Enter the enchanting world of the Espresso Martini, a concoction that transcends the boundaries of time and taste. With each sip, you embark on a journey where the bitterness of espresso meets the smooth embrace of vodka, creating a symphony of flavors that tantalize the senses.

It’s a potion that ignites the spirit and fuels the soul, a libation fit for the most discerning palate and the wildest imagination. Welcome to a realm where every sip is a moment of pure bliss—a sensory adventure that promises to awaken the senses and stir the soul. You can also try our Spiced Citrus Shrub Cocktail for a different experience.

What Is an Espresso Martini?

A compelling cocktail, the espresso martini combines the robust taste of espresso with a hint of sweetness and the powerful kick of vodka. Enthusiasts of both coffee and cocktails will love this elegant and decadent beverage, which has the ideal ratio of bitter to sweet flavors.

The Espresso Martini is more than just a drink when served in a stylish martini glass, it’s an invitation to savor the exquisite blend of coffee and alcohol. This cocktail never fails to delight the senses, whether enjoyed as a lovely nightcap or a pick-me-up after a long day.

Which Liquor Should Be Used?

The liquor you use in your martini can be anything you want it to be. Gin and vermouth are the classic ingredients of a martini. I wouldn’t recommend either of those because I don’t think they complement espresso.

Use Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur or Kahlua Coffee Liqueur for a velvety espresso martini if you like.

While vodka is the traditional ingredient in espresso martinis, flavored vodkas are a fun twist. Although their whipped cream vodka sounded great, it had a far higher carb count, so I opted for the vanilla vodka instead.

Overview: How To Make Espresso Martini?

Espresso Martini Recipe

Indulge in the irresistible allure of the Espresso Martini with this simple yet sensational recipe. Combine vodka, coffee liqueur, freshly brewed espresso, and a hint of simple syrup in your trusty cocktail shaker. Give it a vigorous shake until the outside of the shaker is frosted and a tantalizing foam forms—a sign of the magic happening within.

Next, double-strain this luscious elixir into a chic coupe glass. To add a touch of elegance, cover half of the glass with a paper towel and dust the exposed portion with either espresso or cocoa powder, imparting a visual and aromatic delight.

Complete the masterpiece by garnishing the plain side with a cluster of coffee beans, adding a flourish that tantalizes the eyes and taste buds. With every sip, savor the harmonious blend of rich espresso, velvety vodka, and subtle sweetness—a cocktail experience that transcends ordinary libations.

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Espresso Martini Recipe

Brewed Espresso Martini Recipe

Savor the luxurious Espresso Martini: a blend of vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup, shaken to frothy perfection and garnished with cocoa powder and coffee beans for a sensory delight.
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Course: cocktail
Cuisine: international
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Austin Carter
Servings: 1


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Coupe glass
  • Paper Towel


  • 1 shot espresso or cold brew concentrate 
  • 1 oz. coffee liqueur, such as Kahlúa or Mr. Black
  • 1,1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup Espresso powder or cocoa powder and coffee beans


  • In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup.
  • Cover the shaker and shake vigorously until the outside becomes frosty and foam forms, about 15 seconds.
  • Double strain the mixture into a coupe glass.
  • Cover half of the top of the glass with a paper towel.
  • Dust the exposed half with espresso or cocoa powder.
  • Garnish the plain side of the glass with coffee beans.
  • Serve and enjoy your delightful Espresso Martini!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 50mg | Sugar: 15g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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Time for The Tips!

Espresso Martini Recipe

  • If you want your cocktail to stay nice and cold, chill the coffee thoroughly after making it; otherwise, it will melt the ice.
  • A few minutes in the freezer will rapidly chill your coffee.
  • To get that beautiful froth on top, give the cocktail a good shake.
  • Be careful to pour the cocktail quickly so that the foam floats to the top of your glass!
  • Make your own simple syrup by boiling equal parts sugar and water until the sugar dissolves if you don’t have any on hand. Remove it from the fire and let it cool entirely before using.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I make this cocktail ahead of time?

A: While it’s best to enjoy an Espresso Martini fresh, you can prepare the mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Just be sure to shake it well before serving and add the garnishes right before serving for the best presentation.

Q: Can I use something other than coffee beans for garnish?

A: Yes, you can use chocolate shavings, a cinnamon stick, or a twist of citrus peel as an alternative garnish for your Espresso Martini.

Q: What can I use as a substitute for coffee liqueur?

A: If you don’t have coffee liqueur, you can use a combination of strong brewed coffee and a splash of vanilla extract or a coffee-flavored syrup.

Q: Can I use instant coffee instead of espresso?

A: Yes, you can substitute instant coffee for espresso in this recipe. However, espresso will provide a richer and more intense flavor.

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