Espresso Martini

espresso martini from side

Espresso Martini is a classic, indulgent and delicious cocktail. It’s fabulously easy to make and requires very little ingredients. Created by Dick Bradsell in the 80s, it has become very popular over the last few decades and is on the top of my personal “favourite cocktails” list.

The main ingredients are ice, coffee liqueur, espresso and vodka. If you use a higher quality coffee liqueur then it will typically be less sweet than the likes of Kahlua (which is not vegan) and Tia Maria. Personally, I don’t like my espresso martini too sweet so that suits me just fine. However, if you like a sweet cocktail you can always add a splash of simple syrup to the mix.

To finish off the cocktail, I like to add a few roasted coffee beans on top of my espresso martini for garnish. Not only does this give your cocktail the typical espresso martini look, but the roasted coffee beans will add another layer of fragrance to the cocktail. If you pay attention, then you’ll notice the various aromas of the roasted coffee bean whenever you take a sip.

If you’d like to serve this cocktail alongside something delicious to eat, why not try these 3-Ingredient Chocolate Truffles.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please let me know how you go and don’t forget to tag me in your creations on Instagram @nothangryanymore. I love seeing them!


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espresso martini from side

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini is a classic, indulgent and delicious cocktail. It's fabulously easy to make and requires very little ingredients.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktails
Servings 1 cocktail


  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 45 ml vodka
  • 30 ml coffee liqueur
  • 30 ml cold espresso
  • 7.5 ml 2:1 simple syrup double if 1:1 syrup (optional)
  • ice
  • 3 coffee beans (for garnish)


  • Fill the shaker to the brim with ice.
  • Pour in the vodka, coffee liqueur and cold espresso shot.
  • Add the Boston glass (or lid) of your shaker and vigorously shake it for 20 to 30 seconds until your hands are icy cold.
  • Strain, quickly and with confidence, into a chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with coffee beans.
Keyword cocktail, espresso, liqueur, martini, vodka
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