Espresso Martini Recipe

Love martinis and coffee? Then the espresso martini is a marriage made in heaven!

The Espresso Martini is a very easy cocktail to make, centred around a fresh espresso. But you do need an espresso machine. No, instant coffee won’t do.


Espresso - the key ingredient of a Tiramisu

Origins of the Espresso Martini

The Espresso Martini was created by Dick Bradsell, an iconic bartender credited with creating many of the cocktails we know today. In the early eighties a model walked into the Soho brasserie where Dick worked and asked for a drink to “wake me up”. Dick was near the espresso machine and made the original drink with vodka, two coffee liqueurs and an espresso. This he called a Vodka Espresso and poured it into a V shaped glass.

In the eighties any drink poured into a V shaped glass was called a Martini. So Dick renamed this as Espresso Martini.

What are the key ingredients in an Espresso Martini? 

Look around at espresso martini recipes, and you’ll see that you can get creative with measures and ingredients.

The three fixed ingredients are vodka, coffee liqueur and freshly brewed espresso. The espresso should be cooled down and not hot. The reason for the cooled down espresso is because hot espresso will melt the ice cubes and dilute the drink. 

Equipment needed

1. Espresso Machine 

2. Cocktail Shaker

3. Microwaveable dish/pan for hob if you want to make sugar syrup

4. Martini Glass




Vodka of your choice. Don’t have a preference? Stick with Absolut


Coffee liqueur of your choice. Are you a Tia Maria fan or a Kahlua fan?


Espresso freshly brewed & cooled down


Sugar syrup If you like your drink less sweet then, skip this. You may not need it if you are using Baileys or Kahlua. But if you’ve got a craving for a sweeter drink.

20ml or to taste


to fill shaker

Coffee Beans

1-3 for decoration


Chill the Martini glass in the freezer.

Fill the shaker with ice, pour in all the other ingredients and shake for 10 seconds or till the shaker feels ice cold.

Then strain and serve into a Martini glass.

Decorate the martini with 1 or 3 coffee beans.

There isn't a perfect version of this martini so try variations of this espresso martini recipe where you adjust the quantity of coffee liqueur or espresso or sugar syrup based on your palate. 

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

Ready to Try? 

If you are ready to try this recipe, then here are a few useful things that you will need to create that wow cocktail. Clicking on the images will take you to a link where you can buy these products. 

Martini Glasses


Cocktail Sets

Another decadent drink for after dinner is the Irish coffee.  For something non alcoholic, try the Ca Phe Sua Da