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Espresso Martini Cocktail Recipe

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You may be a bit skeptical after reading the name of this recipe. A coffee-spiked martini? Really? 

But don’t knock it until you try it!



Though it’s not technically a martini (because it doesn’t have gin or vermouth), the after-dinner drink gets its name from the glass in which it’s typically served. True martini or not, this beverage is most definitely one of our favorite grownup drinks.

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The espresso martini is a relatively new beverage, only bursting onto the scene in the early 1980s when a model walked into the Soho Brasserie in London and asked bartender Dick Bradsel to make a drink that would wake them up. The end result, consisting of two types of coffee liqueur, espresso, vodka, and sugar syrup, did exactly that.

Though no one but Bradsel knows the identity of the model who can be credited as the inspiration for the cocktail, we at Roasty think they, whoever they may be, deserve quite a thank you, as their simple request on a night out has become a now-classic drink. 


Espresso Martini Cocktail Recipe
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  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces espresso
  • 1/2 ounce Kahlúa
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • shaker and strainer
  • ice cubes


Step 1:

Begin making this cocktail by pulling out your espresso machine and brewing a shot. In this case (and pretty much every other case, if you really care about fresh flavors), you’ll want to use freshly ground coffee beans to make your brew.

Go ahead and pull a couple of the whole beans out of the package and set them aside; you’ll need them at the end of the recipe.

brewing a shot in espresso machine

Step 2:

Pour all of the ingredients — the vodka, espresso, Kahlua coffee liqueur, and simple syrup — into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until the coffee concoction is smooth and chilled. 

Pouring vodka, espresso, Kahlua coffee liqueur, and simple syrup into a glass

Step 3:

Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into a martini glass, drop two to three of the coffee beans you set aside earlier on the beautiful foam on top of your drink, and prepare to sip your own rendition of the post-dinner cocktail!

Pouring the contents of the cocktail glass into martini glasses


This cocktail is a great choice for many a coffee lover, whether they’re enjoying a wild night out with friends or ending an evening at home with a nightcap. So, the next time you want to expand your horizons and try a new adult beverage, don’t forget about this delicious coffee cocktail. Its distinctive taste and gorgeous foam layer are what make it well-loved by many, and who knows? It just may land on your list of favorite drinks, too!

Happy (Responsible) Caffeinating!

Espresso Martini Cocktail Recipe

Espresso Martini Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

When booze and coffee collide! Get the best of both worlds with this coffee martini! Add more Kahlua if you're feeling frisky!


  • 1 ½ ounces vodka
  • 1 ½ ounces of espresso
  • ½ ounce of Kahlua
  • ½ ounce of simple syrup


    1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
    2. Strain into a glass.
    3. Serve topped with espresso beans.
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