Espresso Martini

Espresso martini

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
125 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
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.)

As the story goes, a fancy model walked into a London bar and asked for a cocktail that was both an energizer and a highly boozy drink. The espresso martini was born. Although it comes in many forms, it is one of the most popular cocktails in the modern bar, and its simplicity allows you to replicate it at home.

A brilliant spiked coffee, it's a great after-dinner drink and happy hour cocktail, 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. Vodka, coffee liqueur such as Kahlua, and an extra caffeinated kick in the form of chilled espresso are mixed with a hint of sweet chocolate—for flavor and dimension, making this vodka martini even more irresistible and delicious. Check our tips for variations and substitutions.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
  • 1/4 oz crème de cacao (white)
  • 1 oz 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 to achieve good temperature and the characteristic frothy texture on top.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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  5. Enjoy!

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For Best Results

Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind for a great cocktail:

  • As with any vodka martini, the vodka you choose is going to determine the overall quality of the drink. That said, because coffee and chocolate are heavy flavors in this cocktail, 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 mocha (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. Alternatively, use a ready-to-drink espresso or make cold-brew coffee.

Other Flavors and Substitutions

  • Kick your espresso martini up another notch and use an espresso-flavored vodka.
  • 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.
  • Swap the Kahlua for a homemade non-alcoholic mix: 1 part of powdered espresso or instant coffee for 2 parts simple syrup.
  • To make a virgin espresso, blend at high speed 2 oz of cold espresso, 1 oz of vanilla syrup, 1 oz of chilled water, 1 pitted date, and 1 pinch of salt. Once blended, shake in a cocktail shaker with ice and serve.

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 of around 23 percent ABV (46 proof).