How to make an Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini Recipe


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Hands down, the easiest Espresso Martini recipe going around! The key factors are using a cold drip coffee rather than heat extracted coffee and giving a good shake to produce a nice thick crema.

How to make an Espresso Martini
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  • 30mL Vodka
  • 30mL Kahlua
  • 30mL Coffee (espresso shot or cold drip coffee)


  1. Add all the ingredients to your cocktail shaker
  2. Shake & double strain into a chilled coupe glass
  3. Garnish with 3 coffee beans

6 thoughts on “How to make an Espresso Martini

  1. Espresso martini says:

    While this drink can be made with other types of coffee. Taking into account the dilution from shaking the drink with ice makes espresso the best. As it has the highest concentration. Instead of Kahlua, try Galliano Ristretto for an extra strong drink or vanilla liqueur for something a little more accessible. You can also try 42 Below Manuka Honey Vodka for something very different.

    • cocktailkit says:

      It is most likely the coffee used or not shaking enough.. the best coffee to use is cold drip coffee or fresh espresso. If you shake this for 12-15 seconds and agitate the ice within the shake, you should get a nice crema – good luck!

    • Joely says:

      Sneaky little cheat to make it lovely and creamy is to substitute 15ml of the vodka for 15ml of Baileys. Give it a try!

      Personally I use
      30ml coffee
      15ml coffee liqueur (there’s many out there)
      15ml baileys
      30ml Kahlua.

      It’s a bit sweeter and a little softer on the alcohol content but I just prefer them that way.

  2. Sunshine DiNardo says:

    What kind of cold drip coffee does Steve use in the video? I can’t understand what brand it was? I’d like to purchase?

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