Espresso Martini

Espresso martini

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
125 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 125
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 1mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The espresso martini comes in many forms and is one of the most popular cocktails in the modern bar. You can bring that sweet, spiked coffee flavor home with this simple recipe. A brilliant after-dinner drink and happy hour cocktail, it's also perfect when you desire a cocktail and a little pick-me-up at the same time.

This is a very basic recipe for an espresso martini and it's quite easy to mix up. It begins like many others with a combination of vodka and a coffee liqueur such as Kahlua, though this version gets an extra caffeinated kick with a shot of chilled espresso. A hint of sweet chocolate adds dimension and makes this vodka martini even more irresistible and delicious.


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
  • 1/4 ounce crème de cacao (white)
  • 1 ounce espresso (cold)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather your ingredients.

    Espresso Martini Ingredients
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  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the vodka, coffee liqueur, crème de cacao, and espresso.

    Cocktail shaker
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  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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  5. Enjoy!


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  • As with any vodka martini, the vodka you choose is going to determine the overall quality of the drink. That said, there are some heavy flavors here so it is not crucial that you pour the best vodka you have in stock. There are some fantastic budget-friendly vodkas available, and you shouldn't hesitate to use one of them in this cocktail.
  • The espresso is the most important ingredient. If you have an espresso machine, pull a few shots and put them in the freezer for a quick chill. A moka pot is the next best option.
  • It is important to add cold espresso to the shaker or your ice will melt too quickly. This will result in an overly diluted drink that's not as cold as it could be.
  • There are now some fantastic ready-to-drink espressos available. A number of coffee shops are brewing up their coffees and selling bottles or cans online and in stores. These are a perfect alternative if you can't make espresso at home.

Recipe Variations

  • If you want to step your espresso martini up another notch, use an espresso-flavored vodka.
  • You can also skip the crème de cacao and start out with chocolate vodka, adding 1/4 ounce more to make up for the liqueur. Vanilla vodka works as well.
  • Most home coffee brewing methods will not offer the same rich, full flavor of espresso. A great alternative is to make cold-brew coffee. It's easy though you will need to plan ahead because it takes at least 12 hours to brew.

How Strong Is the Espresso Martini?

Between the caffeine and the alcohol, the espresso martini is not the most gentle cocktail you could drink. As with most martinis, it is potent with an alcohol content around 23 percent ABV (46 proof).