How to make a perfect Espresso Martini at home

Welcome coffee and martini lovers! If you’re looking for a delicious and highly satisfying twist on traditional espresso martini recipes, you’ve come to the right place.

I’m excited to share with you my recipe for the best espresso martini you’ll ever taste! This recipe is perfect for those looking for an extra modern and sophisticated cocktail that will impress their guests.

But what makes my twist on the classic espresso martini recipe so special? Well, it’s all in the ingredients! The combination of Cointreau liqueur, amaretto liqueur, and vanilla vodka creates a unique flavor profile that perfectly balances the intensity of the espresso coffee. The ultimate result is a smooth and velvety texture topped with a frothy foam layer that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

So let’s get started making this delicious cocktail – trust me, once you try my version of the espresso martini cocktail, you’ll never want to go back to the regular one again!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

A Different Espresso Martini
A Different Espresso Martini

Friends, let me tell you why you’re going to fall in love with this Espresso Martini recipe. First of all, it’s not your typical Espresso Martini – it’s better! The secret ingredients, Cointreau and amaretto liqueurs, elevate the flavor and add a touch of sweetness that balances perfectly with the strong espresso.

But let me tell you, that’s not all! This recipe also features vanilla vodka, which gives the cocktail an extra modern twist. The combination of vanilla with coffee is heavenly, creating an utterly irresistible aroma.

Do you enjoy a creamy, foamy top on your Espresso Martini? Of course, you do! We all do! Well, this recipe has that too. Just shake the cocktail for 15-20 seconds until it’s chilled to perfection, and voila! You have a gorgeous foam top that will make your eyes roll back in ecstasy.

But wait, there’s more! If you like to experiment with different flavors or want to customize this recipe according to your preferences, there are several twists you can add to make the perfect Espresso Martini: a splash of Irish cream or crème de cacao, or even a shot of cold brew for a stronger coffee taste.

So, whether you’re hosting a party or enjoying happy hour at home – this is the perfect Espresso Martini recipe for you. The first sip will take you to coffee heaven and leave you wanting more. Trust me; once you try it, it’ll be your go-to cocktail recipe.

Ingredient List

Sip on a classic espresso martini with a twist
Sip on a classic espresso martini with a twist

Here is a list of ingredients you will need to make this delicious different espresso martini recipe:

  • 1 1/2 oz Absolut vodka
  • 1 oz espresso coffee (make real espresso for best results)
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau liqueur
  • 1/2 oz amaretto liqueur
  • ½ oz vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 oz coffee liqueur
  • Optional: 1 scoop (teaspoon) sugar or simple syrup
  • Ice cubes

Note: You can use any type of espresso, but it is best to use the best quality available. You can also adjust the amount of sugar or simple syrup depending on your preference.

The Recipe How-To

This recipe will have you channeling your inner mixologist
This recipe will have you channeling your inner mixologist

Step 1: Brew and Chill the Espresso Coffee

For this recipe, we want to use the best espresso we can get, so let’s brew some high-quality espresso shots. Let the espresso coffee chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before using it.

Step 2: Prepare The Cocktail Shaker

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add 1 ½ parts of vanilla vodka, ½ part of Cointreau Liqueur, and ½ part of amaretto liqueur to the cocktail shaker.

Step 3: Add Ingredients

Next, add 1 part of chilled espresso coffee, and ¼ ounce or half a shot of simple syrup. You can adjust the quantity to your preferred sweetness.

Step 4: Shake It Up!

Cover the cocktail shaker with its lid and shake well for about 15-20 seconds or until well combined. This will help mix all the ingredients thoroughly and create a frothy layer on top of the drink.

Step 5: Strain And Serve

Strain the cocktail mixture into a martini glass. You should notice a nice layer of foam on top of your perfect Espresso Martini Cocktail.

Step 6: Garnish It Up

Finally, you can add some dark chocolate shavings or espresso beans on top as garnish before serving this delicious cocktail.

Enjoy this extra modern twist on an old classic cocktail that packs a punch with every sip.

Substitutions and Variations

Light up your night with this coffee cocktail
Light up your night with this coffee cocktail

The beauty of making cocktails and martinis lies in the endless possibilities for experimentation, so don’t be afraid to mix things up and try new combinations! Here are some substitutions and variations you can make to this espresso martini recipe:

– Swap out Cointreau liqueur for triple sec or Grand Marnier if you don’t have it on hand.

– Substitute amaretto liqueur with hazelnut liqueur for a nutty twist on the classic espresso martini.

– You can also use vanilla vodka in place of regular vodka to add extra sweetness and flavor to the drink.

– For a more chocolatey martini, add a dash of crème de cacao or dark chocolate liqueur to your espresso martini recipe.

– Cold brew coffee can also be used in place of hot espresso for an extra smooth finish.

– Irish cream or Baileys can be added to give the drink a creamier texture.

– To spice things up, add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg on top of the foam.

These variations will give you an extra modern twist to your classic martini cocktails that will surely impress your friends and loved ones. Remember that there is no wrong way to do it, so get creative and experiment with different ingredients until you find your perfect espresso martini recipe!

Serving and Pairing

The perfect blend of coffee and alcohol
The perfect blend of coffee and alcohol

When it comes to serving the best Espresso Martini, a chilled martini glass does the trick. Before garnishing, give it a quick chill by filling the glass with ice cubes and then with water. Leave it for a few minutes and discard the ice and water before serving your cocktail.

When serving, remember that less is more. Opt for small portions of this powerful cocktail. You don’t want to overdo it, trust me.

Now let’s talk about pairing. Since Espresso Martinis are a blend of sweet and strong flavors, they pair well with desserts that have dark chocolate or cocoa as their base ingredient. Creamy cheesecakes with a chocolate crust or tiramisu that has been dusted with cocoa powder are perfect desserts to pair with your Espresso Martini.

If you feel adventurous, you can also pair your Espresso Martini with small bites of salty snacks like popcorn, mini pretzels, or salted nuts. This combination will give your taste buds an exciting contrast of flavors and textures.

Overall, when it comes to pairing with Espresso Martinis, stick to rich and decadent desserts or salty snacks. You can even experiment with some other twists that complement the coffee and chocolate notes in this cocktail!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Invite some friends and serve them up something special
Invite some friends and serve them up something special

So, you’ve prepared a delicious batch of espresso martinis for your party, but not all of your guests have arrived yet? No worries, I got you covered! This cocktail can be made ahead by up to two days before serving.

To store the cocktail, simply strain it into a bottle or a jar and keep it in the fridge until needed. Be aware that the martini may separate a bit upon standing, so give it a good shake before serving.

If you have some leftover espresso martinis after your event, you can still enjoy them later. The best way to store the cocktail is by pouring it into an ice-cube tray and placing it in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer the cubes into a freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to one month.

When you’re ready to serve them again, take out the cubes and let them thaw for approximately 10 minutes before enjoying. If you notice that the martini has lost some of its foam top after reheating, simply froth it up again by shaking it vigorously in a cocktail shaker for 15-20 seconds.

One last tip: if you want to avoid diluting your martini with regular ice cubes, fill your glasses with coffee beans or ice cubes made from strong brewed coffee instead. This will add an extra coffee kick to your drink without watering it down.

Remember, with these simple tips, you can make-ahead, store and reheat your espresso martinis like a pro!

Tips for Perfect Results

Get ready to impress with this unique take on a classic drink
Get ready to impress with this unique take on a classic drink

When it comes to making the perfect espresso martini cocktail, paying attention to the details can make all the difference in crafting a delicious drink. Here are some helpful tips that I recommend to achieve the best results every time:

Firstly, start by using high-quality ingredients to get the best flavors. Choose freshly roasted and ground coffee beans, as well as premium vodka and Cointreau or amaretto liqueur. Avoid using cheap ingredients as this could negatively affect the taste of the cocktail.

When preparing the espresso shot for your cocktail, be sure to use the best espresso you can find. A rich and bold flavor will add depth to your espresso martini. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can also use cold brew coffee as an alternative.

For those who enjoy a sweeter espresso martini, I suggest adding a teaspoon of sugar syrup when making the cocktail. This small addition will help balance out any bitterness from the coffee and make for a more enjoyable drinking experience.

Shaking your cocktail is also an essential part of achieving optimal results. To create a desirable foam top, shake your cocktail with ice for at least 15-20 seconds. This will help blend all of your ingredients together and create a lighter texture in your drink.

Finally, be sure to strain your cocktail into a chilled martini glass before serving. The simple act of chilling your glass can enhance the drinking experience by keeping your cocktail colder for longer duration. And for those who want an extra touch of sophistication, garnish your drink with coffee beans or dark chocolate shavings on top.

By following these tips, you can take your basic espresso martini recipe and transform it into a beverage that even professional bartenders would admire. Experiment with different twists on this classic cocktail using fresh herbs or spices until you find what works best for you!


Now that you know how to make this delicious espresso martini recipe, you may have some questions about it. Here are the most frequently asked questions and answers to help you make the best out of your experience with this extraordinary cocktail.

How do I upgrade my espresso martini?

To enhance the bold and bitter essence of your coffee, a couple of drops of chocolate bitters can really do wonders. These bitters add a savory undertone that perfectly complements the rich and robust coffee notes. Opting for chocolate bitters is a brilliant move since it adds an extra layer of complexity with hints of dark chocolate and a touch of spiciness, without the sweetness overload.

What are the different variations of a martini?

As a barista, I understand that the first question when ordering a classic martini will likely center on which alcohol base you prefer – gin or vodka. The next question is whether you want it to be dry, perfect, or wet. A dirty martini is another popular variation where a splash of olive juice is added to the mix. It is also important to communicate how you want the drink prepared – either shaken or stirred. Finally, you can choose to have your martini served straight up or on the rocks, and garnished with either a twist or olive. At POUR Bar Services, we can guide you through the process to make sure you enjoy the perfect martini every time.

What is a dirty espresso martini?

Let’s talk about a recipe that will surely spice up your coffee game! You’ll need equal parts of Chai-infused Vodka, espresso coffee, and Kahlua. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, mix the ingredients in it, shake it vigorously, and strain it into a fancy Martini glass. Trust me, this drink is going to be a surefire hit!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a new twist on the classic espresso martini recipe, look no further! This recipe combines the perfect blend of ingredients to create a rich and delicious cocktail that is sure to impress. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or having a nightcap with friends, this espresso martini is sure to delight.

From the bold flavors of the espresso and coffee liqueur to the smooth vanilla vodka and subtle hints of Cointreau and amaretto, this cocktail is truly one of a kind. And with endless options for substitutions and variations, you can customize it to your liking.

So next time you’re in the mood for something extra special, whip up an extra modern twist on the classic espresso martini. With its creamy foam top, bold flavor, and perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness, it’s sure to be a hit. Cheers!

A Different Espresso Martini

A Different Espresso Martini Recipe

From the Disaronno website,this one takes a different twist on the traditional espresso martini!
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Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Cocktail
Calories 64.2 kcal


  • 1 ounce grey goose la vanille brand vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 ounce disaronno amaretto liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Tia Maria
  • espresso


  • Shake all ingredients in a shaker of ice.
  • Pour into a chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with three floating espresso beans.
  • Enjoy! ;).

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Serving: 28gCalories: 64.2kcalSodium: 0.3mg
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Beverages, Brunch, Easy, European
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