This Espresso Martini is a delicious pre- or post-dinner pick me up cocktail for coffee lovers. An easy cocktail recipe, made with just 4-ingredients and shaken until deliciously frothy with a beautiful foam top and a little creaminess.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been experimenting with more and more cocktail recipes at home lately. You may have caught some of them on my Instagram stories. From my favorite Aviation Cocktail, to the deliciously sweet Bee’s Knees, to fun, bubbly cocktails like the French 75 or Aperol Spritz, when the clock hits 5pm, I’m whipping out that cocktail shaker.
Fun Fact: I used to be a bartender.
But at the dive bar I worked at, it was more about pouring beers than mixing up fancy cocktails. I had my crew of regulars – a group of about 5 or so men in their 60’s who would stand at the end of the bar after a day of work. I was taught early on that these guys expected their beers without me even asking what they wanted. When they walked in – I would pour and deliver. Each had their preferred brand (Coors Light, Bud, Miller) and each wanted a different amount of “head” (or foam) on their beer.
- Bobby liked his Bud Light with about a ½” head on it.
- Guy liked his Coors Light with nothing more than a ¼” head – He wanted his money’s worth!
How times have changed.
Now I’m at home, making fancy cocktails in my kitchen. But the best part is, I’ve been able to explore so many classic drink recipes. And I’ve definitely discovered some new favorites.
Today I’m sharing with you this amazing classic Espresso Martini recipe and giving you tips on how to get the perfect “head” on your cocktail – aka that light layer of foam on top of your glass that contrasts beautifully with the dark coffee cocktail and those three espresso beans sprinkled on top.
Here’s another fun fact for you:
There’s a reason that Espresso Martinis are served with three coffee beans on top. The beans are meant to represent: health, wealth and happiness. So cheers friends – to all those things! And hopefully getting out of the house one of these days soon and sharing some of these Espresso Martinis with friends, in person.
Espresso Martini ingredients:
- Simple Syrup (sugar syrup)
- Coffee Liqueur
- Espresso Coffee
How do you make an espresso martini?
- Add vodka, simple syrup, coffee liqueur and a shot of espresso to an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
- Shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass, spooning extra foam from the cocktail shaker on top.
- Garnish with 3 coffee beans.
How do you make an espresso martini frothy?
- To ensure you get frothy top on your espresso martini, be sure to use fresh espresso. Also use plenty of ice in your cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds.
- After pouring your cocktail, spoon any foam that remains in the shaker on top of your martini glasses.
How to make an Espresso Martini without espresso:
- If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can substitute strong coffee in this recipe. Brew it at 2x its normal strength in your coffee machine. This works with cold brew or fresh brewed coffee.
What can you use instead of kahlua?
- If you don’t have Kahlua on hand, you can also use any coffee liquor, like Tia Maria or Sheridan’s coffee liqueur. You can also substitute it with crème de cacao, a chocolate flavored liqueur.
Feel free to play around with this original Espresso Martini recipe to suit your tastes. Want a creamier martini? Use Bailey’s in place of the coffee liqueur. Don’t like your cocktail so sweet? Reduce the amount of simple syrup, or leave it out entirely. Want to add extra flavor? Try swapping in vanilla vodka or hazelnut flavored vodka. Enjoy!
What to serve with espresso martinis:
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Espresso Martini Recipe
Espresso Martini Recipe
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce freshly brewed espresso
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur (Kahlua, Tia Maria, or similar)
- 3 coffee beans (to garnish)
- Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds.
- Strain into a martini glass, spooning extra foam from the cocktail shaker on top.
- Garnish with coffee beans.