The liquor base for an espresso martini cocktail is vodka. We recommend choosing a premium unflavored vodka made with the finest ingredients to help the drink truly shine. The drink also incorporates a coffee liqueur.

The Espresso Martini is a sumptuous mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso. Who would have thought vodka and espresso go so well together? It’s rich, indulgent and creamy and the shot of espresso will give you that boost of energy after a tiring day!

Here’s what you need for an espresso martini – just espresso coffee, vodka and Kahlua!

The espresso martini, also known as a vodka espresso, is a cold caffeinated alcoholic drink made with espresso, coffee liqueur, and vodka. It is not a true martini as it contains neither gin nor vermouth, but is one of many drinks that incorporate the term martini into their names.

Since it’s typically made with espresso, coffee liqueur, vodka, and often a hint of simple syrup, it has all the qualities of a delicious dessert, post-meal pick-me-up, and an elegant cocktail at the same time, which makes it all the more tantalizing.

An Espresso Martini won’t keep you awake all night long – you can drink an Espresso Martini before or after dinner, or both! It works nicely either way. When to drink an Espresso Martini is up to you.

You can make an espresso martini without an espresso machine using cold brew or drip coffee. Cold brew coffee yields a strong coffee concentrate that can be a substitute for espresso. If you’re looking for a milder flavor and a drink that is not as strong, try using brewed coffee.

But that isn’t mandatory: an espresso martini is sometimes served in a wide U-shaped cocktail glass — and instead of the olives and dry vermouth found in a vodka martini, an espresso martini combines vodka with coffee-minded ingredients. Like a traditional martini, an espresso martini is served cold.

How to make Espresso Martini Cocktail


  1. Brew the coffee and let it cool completely.
  2. Add ice to a cocktail shaker then add the cooled coffee, simple syrup, kahlua and vodka.
  3. Shake very hard so the foam is formed then strain it quickly into a martini glass. Top with coffee beans, serve.