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


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.

Make your own homemade coffee syrup using our step-by-step recipe. Looking for an alternative to kahlua? Try our pick of the best coffee liqueurs for some interesting options.

To make your strong coffee, you can either use one of the best bean to cup coffee machines, or buy good-quality coffee beans and grind with our pick of the best coffee grinders

Make the espresso using our tried-and-tested picks of the best coffee machines, including the best coffee pod machines using eco-friendly coffee pods.

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



  • 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.