Espresso Martini Recipe

Posted in Vodka on February 28, 2014

espresso martini

Can’t decide between a cup a coffee and an alcoholic cocktail? There is no need to choose, because you can have them both. There are numerous coffee flavored cocktails that you can choose from. Most of them use coffee liqueur, but this one is even better: it contains real espresso which definitely has a more intense aroma than liqueur. Most coffee flavored drinks only provide the coffee aroma, but don’t also offer that caffeine kick that you might need sometimes. The Espresso Martini has it all: real caffeine, strong flavor and the savory of an alcoholic cocktail. It can be served before and after dinner and it can successfully replace cold coffee.


You need to learn how to prepare Espresso Martini at home in order to be able to enjoy it every time you feel like drinking something more than just coffee or something more than just Martini. As said, there are numerous variations of this cocktail. We are presenting the one that we love most because it has real espresso. If you don’t need the extra caffeine kick, you can look for softer versions.


How to Prepare Espresso Martini


It won’t take more than 3 minutes to prepare one cocktail. You will need:


  • 1 ½ oz. of vodka.
  • ¾ oz. of coffee liqueur.
  • ¼ oz. of white crème de cacao.
  • 1 oz. of cold espresso.
  • Crushed ice.


You might have to wait until the espresso cools down, but once this happens, the actual preparation of the cocktail is a piece of cake. All you have to do is to put everything into a cocktail shaker and to shake well. Strain it all in a cocktail glass and garnish with crushed ice if you want.


Some people prefer vanilla flavored vodka. If you like the idea of vanilla flavored coffee, you can give it a try.


You can also use coffee beans for garnishing. Some versions of the Espresso Martini don’t contain the actual espresso. All the other ingredients are shaken together and some coffee beans are placed on the bottom of the glass. The flavor is indeed distinct, but you’ll miss the caffeine.


Another popular variation is the Chocolate Espresso Martini. This is indeed something else, but its preparation is more complex. You have to chop 4 oz. of chocolate and to put them in a pan with ¼ cup of water. Place the pan over a simmering pot of water and stir until the chocolate is melted. Then you can leave it aside to cool down and you can prepare do the actual cocktail as described above. Once the chocolate is cooler, you can either place it on the bottom of the glass and pour the cocktail on top of it or you can use it for rimming the margins of the glasses. The former option might be a little messier, so be careful.


Chocolate or not, Espresso Martini is a sure way to impress your guests and to start the party.


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