Espresso martini

Best Espresso Martini Recipe

Try this recipe for espresso martini, then check out our passion fruit martiniFrench martinivesper martini and more easy martini recipes. Also try our recipe for homemade coffee syrup and more coffee cocktails.

What is an espresso martini?

This coffee vodka drink was created in 1983 by bartender Dick Bradsell at the Soho Brasserie (supposedly at the request of a tired model looking for a pick-me-up).

How to make an espresso martini

Adding a shot of hot espresso to a cocktail shaker full of ice may seem odd but it’s essential for that all-important creamy layer at the top of the drink – so don’t let the coffee cool down! Chill your martini glass in the freezer before serving. Click here to buy a coffee machine for your cocktails.

Espresso martini recipe


  • 335
  • Total time 10 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy


  • caster sugar 100g
  • vodka 50ml
  • coffee liqueur 2 tbsp
  • espresso 2 tbsp, hot
  • coffee beans to garnish 3


  • Step 1

    Put the sugar and 100ml water in a pan and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Cool. This will make more than you need but will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

    Step 2

    Put a handful of ice into a cocktail shaker followed by the vodka, coffee liqueur, hot espresso and 25ml of the sugar syrup. Shake vigorously for at least 15-30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass and garnish with the coffee beans before serving.

Ever tried an espresso martini tiramisu?

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