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Best Espresso Martini Recipe

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The Martini is one of the oldest cocktails in the books; it’s one of the original mixed drinks and took the world by storm in the early 1860s. The traditional Martini is basically gin and dry vermouth, but its caffeinated cousin, the espresso Martini, is much younger.

Created in 1983, this dark, sweet, vodka-based cocktail is delicious; it’s almost addictive. The coffee, the sweetness and the boozy boost make this fantastic drink a crowd-pleaser. Today I’ll tell you how I make my espresso martini recipe, and I’m going totally old-school. This is the real deal right here, so I hope you enjoy it!

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What you'll need.

Find yourself a nice vodka. The better the vodka, the better you’ll feel the next day, so get yourself something fancy.

We’ll also need a proper espresso shot. Brew yours with a coffee pod, in a traditional espresso machine or an Italian stovetop pot. Vodka is flavorless, so your coffee will carry the drink’s flavor profile make sure this is an excellent espresso.

We’ll also add an ounce of half & half, a creamy ingredient widely used in bars. You can also use cream if you don’t find half & half. It’s not as creamy, but works fine. Finally, some simple syrup, which you can substitute with sugar or any other sweetener. If you can use a liquid sweetener, you’ll get the best results.

Of course, we’re using a cocktail shaker for our Martini; it’s the right way, but not the only one. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, consider getting one, they’re tons of fun. If you don’t have one in hand, use a mason jar or any other container with a lid.

When it comes to cocktails, the looks matter, so pour this beauty into a cocktail glass. It doesn’t affect the taste, but it looks much better.

With some practice, you’ll be able to make this cocktail lightning fast, so you’ll be able to serve them to your friends and family at your next party. That’s what cocktails are all about, making everyone happy. The espresso martini is very good at that; it brings a smile to everyone’s face!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Total Time5 min
  • Serving Size2
  • Energy181 cal




Brew your espresso and cool to room temperature in an ice bath.


Fill a cocktail glass with ice water and reserve.


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour the espresso, half & half, simple syrup and vodka.


Shake for 15 seconds or until the shaker is frosty.


Pour the ice water from the cocktail glass and strain the cocktail into the glass.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size2
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories181
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat3.3 g78 g4.23%
  • Saturated Fat2 g20 g10%
  • Cholesterol10 mg300 mg3.33%
  • Sodium26 mg2300 mg1.13%
  • Total Carbohydrate13.1 g275 g4.76%
  • Total Sugars0.1 g
  • Protein0.9 g50 g1.8%
  • Calcium34 mg1300 mg2.62%
  • Potassium79 mg4700 mg1.68%