The Best Way to Make an Espresso Martini

The espresso martini is a delicious and sophisticated cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. It is made with vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup. The key to making a great espresso martini is to use high-quality ingredients and shake the cocktail vigorously to create a thick foam.

Here is a recipe for the best espresso martini:


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa)
  • 1 ounce espresso, freshly brewed (or cold brew concentrate)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Coffee beans, for garnish (optional)


  1. Brew the espresso in the espresso machine and let it cool completely.
  2. Add ice to a cocktail shaker.
  3. Add the vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup.
  4. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, or until the cocktail is very cold and frothy.
  5. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  6. Garnish with coffee beans, if desired.


  • Use freshly brewed espresso for the best flavor.
  • If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a mason jar or any other airtight container.
  • If you don’t have simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving 1 part sugar in 1 part water over low heat.
  • To get a really thick foam, you can dry shake the cocktail (without ice) for 10 seconds before adding the ice and shaking again.
  • Espresso martinis are best served immediately.


Here are some additional tips for making the best espresso martini:

  • Use high-quality vodka. A good vodka will have a smooth flavor that will not overpower the coffee and coffee liqueur.
  • Use a strong espresso. The espresso should be rich and flavorful so that it can stand up to the other ingredients in the cocktail.
  • Use fresh coffee beans. The coffee beans will add a subtle nutty flavor to the cocktail.
  • Don’t overshake the cocktail. Overshaking can make the cocktail too frothy and watery.
  • Garnish with coffee beans. Coffee beans are a classic garnish for espresso martinis. They add a touch of elegance and sophistication to the cocktail.

With these tips, you’ll be sure to make the best espresso martini ever!

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