Best Espresso Martini Recipe

Espresso martini

  • serves 1
  • Easy

We love espresso martinis! One of the coolest cocktails around, this punchy little number blends hot espresso and vodka for ultimate effect

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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

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Ingredients

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

Method

  • 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.

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