Espresso Martini Recipe // Easy Cocktail

Overhead shot of espresso martinis ready to serve.

This Espresso Martini is a delicious pre- or post-dinner pick me up cocktail. An easy cocktail recipe, made with just 4-ingredients and shaken until deliciously frothy. 

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, 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! 
  • Etc. 

How times have changed. 

Now I’m stuck at home, making fancy cocktails in my kitchen. And today I’m sharing with you this amazing 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. 

Three glasses of espresso martini on counter next to small bowl of coffee beans.

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 

Ingredients for espresso martini laid out on tray.

How to Make Espresso Martini at Home

  1. Add vodka, simple syrup, coffee liqueur and espresso to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. 
  2. Shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds. 
  3. Strain into a martini glass, spooning extra foam from the cocktail shaker on top. 
  4. Garnish with 3 coffee beans. 

How to Make Espresso Martini Frothy

  • To ensure you get good foam on your espresso martini, be sure to use fresh brewed 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. 

Single espresso martini prepared with good froth on top.

How to Make an Espresso Martini without Espresso

  • If you don’t have an espresso maker, you can substitute strong coffee in this recipe. Brew it at 2x it’s normal strength. This works with cold brew or fresh brewed coffee. 

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 or hazelnut flavored vodka. Enjoy! 

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Three glasses of espresso martini on counter next to small bowl of coffee beans.

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Espresso Martini Recipe

Overhead close up of prepared espresso martini topped with three coffee beans.

Espresso Martini Recipe

This Espresso Martini is a delicious pre- or post-dinner pick me up cocktail. An easy cocktail recipe, made with just 4-ingredients and shaken until deliciously frothy. 
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce freshly brewed espresso
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 3 coffee beans (to garnish)

Instructions

  • 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.
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Equipment

Cocktail Shaker

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Sugar: 17g | Iron: 1mg

 

 

8 comments

  1. Kristina

    this looks and sounds incredible – I’ll take mine with a 1/4″ head, please.

    I also did not know that about the three beans – interesting! and cheers!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Cheers Kristina!

      Reply

  2. Katie Carrick

    Well, this sounds like the perfect blend of some of my favorite things and it’s simple to boot. Definitely plan on trying this one out, maybe even in the morning since #quarantinelife

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Ha! Love that idea Katie!

      Reply

  3. Marlynn

    I bet you were an amazing bartender! This espresso martini looks so elegant and yummy.

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  4. Natascha

    5 stars
    Delicious! Perfect a Saturday afternoon drink! I added a touch of cream and only half of the simple syrup! Thanks for providing the variations up front! I can’t wait to try it with Bailey’s!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      You’re welcome Natascha!!! Cheers 🙂

      Reply

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