Espresso Martini


An espresso martini is a deliciously sweet coffee cocktail which includes vodka and espresso. A super tasty iced coffee; the perfect after dinner cocktail!

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Espresso martini
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2021-08-17, this recipe is for 2 people and takes 15 minutes.

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Updated at: 12-03-2022

15 minutes 2 people Gluten-free recipes 103 calories p.p.
Espresso martini


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  • 100ml espresso
  • 100 ml coffee liqueur (Kahlúa)
  • 30 ml sugar syrup
  • 100 ml vodka
  • a handful of ice cubes
  • 6 coffee beans
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  • espresso maker
  • small saucepan
  • cocktail shaker
  • 2 cocktail glasses

Espresso Martini

15 minutes 2 people Gluten-free recipes 103 calories p.p.

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Preparation – 10 minutes

sugar syrup is easy to make yourself by heating equal parts water and sugar. 30 grams of sugar combined with 30 ml of water is enough for this recipe. Once the sugar has dissolved, the mixture will have turned into a syrup. Then leave it to cool down.

make espresso, or alternatively use strong coffee, and let it cool down before making the cocktail.

Espresso martini
Espresso martini

Finishing the espresso martini – 5 minutes

pour the espresso into a cocktail shaker, along with the vodka, sugar syrup and coffee liqueur. If you don't have a cocktail shaker, you can simply mix the ingredients very well, but the cocktail won't be as cold.

add a large handful of ice cubes to the cocktail shaker, and put on the lid. Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously for about 30 seconds. The cocktail will be very cold, and a layer of foam will have formed.

strain the cocktail into 2 pretty glasses, discarding the ice cubes. Garnish with the coffee beans and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Espresso Martini: frequently asked questions

Where does espresso martini come from?

There are many different stories, but the most famous one is that it was created in London by Dick Bradsell in the late 80s.

What liqueur do you use for an espresso martini?

Traditionally you use Kahlúa or Tia Maria for an espresso martini, but other brands of coffee liqueur could be used.