How to Make an Espresso Martini

A true espresso martini recipe has only three ingredients. It’s simple, delicious and makes for a perfect after dinner treat or an afternoon pick me up. Here is how to make an authentic espresso martini cocktail.

how to make an espresso martini

What will you need for this espresso martini recipe?

The beautiful thing about espresso martinis is their simplicity. You’ll only need three simple ingredients to put together this bold espresso martini.

  • Vodka
  • Kahlua or coffee liqueur
  • Espresso or strong coffee

How to Make an Espresso Martini Cocktail

This super simple and fun cocktail is super easy to make at home. It’s a terrific afternoon pick me up or a happy hour cocktail as well as a perfect after dinner drink. The caffeine gives you a boost of energy and can aid in digestion. A double win in my book.

To make this delicious coffee cocktail you only need vodka, a coffee liqueur and espresso.

how to make an espresso martini

Espresso Martini

Make a delicious three ingredient espresso martini at home


  • 1 oz espresso or very strong coffee
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur


  • Brew the Espresso. You can use any espresso machine or even brew a super strong coffee in your coffee machine. Typically I use our Ninja coffee system specialty setting.
  • Let it cool. I like to let the coffee cool a bit before making this drink.
  • Shake It Up. Place the espresso, vodka, and Kahlua or your preferred coffee liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Strain + Serve. Strain the espresso martini into a cocktail glass. I love my coup glass for martinis lately. Garnish with 3 coffee beans or a dusting of ground coffee—but honestly, I like it without a garnish.

Additional Notes & Tips

Can you make an espresso martini without an espresso machine?

Can I use normal coffee for Espresso Martini, the quick answer is no. To make this a true recipe cocktail you should definitely use espresso.

However, if you do not have an espresso machine, you can also use very strong coffee for this drink.

Don’t have an espresso machine?

Try this: I love our Ninja coffee machine has a specialty coffee setting to make cappuccinos and lattes, this setting is perfect to also make an espresso style coffee without an espresso machine.

What is the best coffee liqueur for Espresso Martini?

Kahlua is the most popular and best -known coffee liqueur and its typically used for alcoholic coffee drinks.

However, Mr. Black is a cold brew liqueur distilled in Australia that is currently gaining a lot attention.

It has significantly more caffeine than Kahlua and might be perfect for this cocktail or other coffee cocktails like a White Russian.

How Can You Make an Espresso Martini Sweet?

If you need a little more sweetness in your cocktail, add a teaspoon of sugar into the espresso before mixing your drink.

You can also add sugar free simple syrup, I actually really like adding a splash of vanilla simple sirup.

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