Cheers to the holidays with this delicious Espresso Martini!! Here is one of my favorite cocktails that is perfect for any time of the year, but I find myself sipping on them the most around the holiday season.
This traditional recipe is a cold, coffee-infused cocktail made with vodka, hot espresso coffee, coffee liqueur, and sugar syrup (aka simple syrup) and served up in a martini glass or coupe (which is what I chose to serve mine in here). And I know it seems strange to shake hot espresso with the ice and other ingredients since this is a cold cocktail, but trust me here! The heat combining with the other ingredients helps to create the delicious foam we all love and since you will shake until you can’t hold the ice-cold shaker anymore, I promise your drink will still end up icy cold. And if you really want to ensure your drink is perfectly chilled, you can even fill your serving glass with ice and pop it in the fridge as you make your cocktail then empty the ice out once you’re ready to serve your cocktail.
No matter if it’s for the holidays or not, this is the perfect pick-me-up to either kick off the night OR to sip on post-dinner instead of (or with) your dessert. Enjoy!!
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- 3 oz vodka (or 2 "big jiggers" full, I use Titos)
- 1 oz kahlua (1 "small jigger" full)
- 1 oz simple syrup (1 "small jigger" full)
- 1.5 oz large hot espresso (or 1 "big jiggers" full, see note for why it needs to be hot!)
- Fill a cocktail shaker full of ice. Add the vodka, kahlua, simple syrup and hot espresso. Close, seal and shake until very cold (at least 20 seconds).
- Place the strainer on top of the shaker and pour the contents through a sieve (optional) and directly into the glass.
Alex PJanuary 31, 2023 at 7:55 pm
What brand of beans do yo use in your espresso machine?
AlexFebruary 2, 2023 at 1:02 pm
I like Maps Coffee– Clayton’s Uncle is a part of it in Kansas City 🙂
HeatherDecember 9, 2022 at 8:16 pm
These are fabulous and a true crowd pleaser… that being said, I find myself attached to the bar making them over and over 😂 any thoughts on how to batch them to have on hand for parties? So good!
AlexDecember 21, 2022 at 8:57 pm
You could make ahead– but the lovely foam just wont be there without the hot coffee!! You could combine all of the ingredients (minus the coffee) until it’s time to serve, then add the coffee and shake!
MaibrittFebruary 14, 2021 at 10:25 pm
Loved it!! Perfect drink for a snow day in Texas.
BrittanyJanuary 6, 2021 at 5:52 pm
I made this recipe for Christmas Eve and my husband won’t stop asking me to make it again! Ha! We’ve probably had it five more times. Thanks for an amazing recipe and hope your dry January is going great!
Chelsea SullivanJanuary 1, 2021 at 7:13 pm
How would you recommend getting/making espresso without an espresso machine?
AlexJanuary 1, 2021 at 10:17 pm
Instant espresso powder would work fine for this. Just be sure to combine with hot water since the temperature helps create the foam.
AliciaDecember 31, 2020 at 8:59 pm
Perfect espresso martini
BreannaDecember 31, 2020 at 2:15 am
Can’t wait to try this! Question: where’d you get your coupe glass? Love it.
BreannaDecember 31, 2020 at 2:17 am
Never mind on the question…. I missed the Shop the Post section 🙂
JackiDecember 30, 2020 at 12:40 am
Alex, what espresso machine do you use??
AlexDecember 30, 2020 at 8:59 pm
We have a Miele Coffee System
TiffDecember 28, 2020 at 1:03 am
It’s so good!! I had many over the holidays. Thank you. The froth is what makes it
Cortney C ZiekyDecember 24, 2020 at 5:52 pm
Have you tried this with cold brew?
AlexDecember 24, 2020 at 6:42 pm
I haven’t. I am sure it will be delicious; however, you may not get as much foam
MaryDecember 24, 2020 at 4:12 am
Is there a way of making this with gin … when I started drinking these, a real martini 🍸 was only made with gin! ☺️
AlexDecember 24, 2020 at 6:44 pm
yeah, if we are getting technical this drink isn’t really a true “martini” since there is no vermouth or gin. But, it’s one of those cocktails that has taken on the name.
Ann Marie PichiralloDecember 23, 2020 at 2:04 am
Would you recommend adding any type of dairy free milk?
AlexDecember 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm
If you want to add cream to yours you totally can!
Kristen BerryDecember 17, 2020 at 4:59 pm
I use chocolate or vanilla vodka and instead of simple syrup use Bailely’s, or a Godiva chocolate Liqueur, the total package! Delicious! We made these all autumn long out by our chiminea! Thank you!
AlexDecember 17, 2020 at 7:18 pm