The easiest recipe for a perfect Espresso Martini

We're diving into the delightful world of mixology to unveil the secrets of crafting the perfect Espresso Martini—a delightful concoction that combines the energising kick of espresso with the sophisticated charm of a classic cocktail.

Get ready to caffeinate your spirits and stir up some laughter along the way, because we're going to make this process as smooth and enjoyable as sipping on the final result!

The Martini Conundrum: Ahh, the classic Martini - a timeless symbol of elegance and refinement. But let's face it, for most of us, pretending to enjoy a classic Martini feels about as achievable as climbing Mount Everest in stilettos. Fear not though, because times have changed and there's a new martini in town.

Enter the Espresso Martini: Now, here's where the magic happens. A harmonious blend of rich espresso, velvety vodka, coffee liqueur, and a touch of class. This is the perfect cocktail for sparking life into a night, and feeling elegant while doing it. 

So how do you make the perfect Espresso Martini?

Ingredients (for one serving):

  • 1 shot of hot freshly brewed espresso.
  • 1 shot of plain old vodka (the cheaper the better)
  • 1 shot of coffee liqueur (Kahlua if you want it sweeter)
  • Ice cubes
  • Coffee beans or granules (Optional - for garnish and added pizzazz)


  • Start by brewing a shot of espresso. Coffee pods are fine for this, do a short shot. If you are working with instant, plunger etc. make it strong and with as little water as possible. 

  • Grab your cocktail shaker and pour in the freshly brewed espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur. No ice at this stage!

  • Now, it's time to shake things up! Embrace your inner dance floor diva and shake that shaker like nobody's watching.

  • Once you've given that a good 'dry' shake, and built up some good foam. Open it up and add lots of ice. Now shake again (just as hard) until the shaker goes cold and frosts over.
  • Grab your fanciest Martini glass and strain the elixir of life - the Espresso Martini - into the glass. Admire its velvety allure and frothy top, knowing that you've just created a masterpiece.
  • Finally, add the finishing touch: garnish with a few coffee beans or a line of ground coffee, casually strewn atop the froth. Take a sip, savour the bittersweet symphony, and let your night take a turn for the best.

That's all there is to it. If you're making multiple, just simply add an extra shot of each of the 3 magic ingredients per person. The first dry shake is a secret trick to get that perfect foam - if you want more foam, shake longer and shake harder!

Now go forth, share your newfound knowledge, and spread the gospel of the Espresso Martini. Remember, life is too short for bland drinks - caffeinate your spirits, raise your glass, and toast to the magic that happens when coffee and cocktails collide. Cheers, and may your Espresso Martinis always be perfectly perky and humorously delightful!

May 24, 2023 — Will Macpherson