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Espresso Martini

Servings: 2 Drinks


  • 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.


It may seem strange to pour hot espresso into a cold drink, but the heat combining with the other ingredients in the cold shaker help to create the foam! The strainer and the sieve additionally help to create a rich, smooth, froth without any pieces of ice.