Best Espresso Martini Recipe

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  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur 
  • 1 ounce espresso (freshly brewed or cold brew concentrate)
  • 0.5 ounce simple syrup (optional, can be adjusted to taste)
  • Coffee beans (for garnish)


  1. Chill: Fill a martini glass with ice and set it aside to chill.
  2. Combine: Add vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup (if using) to a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously: Fill the shaker with ice and shake for about 15 seconds, until the outside of the shaker feels frosty and a foamy layer forms on top.
  4. Strain: Discard the ice from the martini glass and double strain the cocktail into the chilled glass. You can use a fine-mesh strainer to ensure a smooth texture.
  5. Garnish: Top your espresso martini with three coffee beans and enjoy!


  • Use high-quality espresso for the best flavor.
  • If you don’t have simple syrup, you can substitute with sugar or another sweetener to taste.
  • For a visual flair, you can dust the top of the drink with cocoa powder or espresso powder before adding the coffee beans.
  • Be sure to shake the cocktail well to create a nice frothy top.
  • Enjoy responsibly! Espresso martinis are quite strong.



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