This martini is a classic coffee cocktail that’s perfect for dessert, brunch, or really any occasion! You can use espresso or ground espresso to make this easy espresso martini.
The coffee bean topping works as a simple garnish and adds just the right touch of style to make the drink stand out.
Making cocktails at home does NOT have to be intimidating. At all. This one is super delicious and great easy, and it only requires three ingredients! An espresso martini is a great way to serve guests just before or after dinner.
This martini became popular in the 1980’s and it’s easy to see why! The combination of the rich, strong coffee flavor with alcohol results in a delicious drink.
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Before you prepare your espresso martini, there are a few things you should consider. First, you should use espresso instead of regular or instant coffee. It is important for the flavor profile.
If necessary, you can use espresso powder instead. Next, it’s important to let the espresso cool completely before adding it to the ice and alcohol so the ice doesn’t melt.
The foam is an important part of this cocktail, both for taste and presentation. It’s a bit like ordering a latte, the more foam the better!
Espresso martini ingredients:
- 2 shots (about 1.5 ounces each) espresso (don’t use regular coffee, but you can use espresso powder if it’s more convenient. If you absolutely must make coffee, make it as strong as possible.)
- 2 ounces vodka (any kind is fine)
- 3 ounces of kahlua
- 2-3 coffee beans for garnish
How to make an espresso martini
- Make your espresso and let it cool (or your ice will melt). If you are in a hurry, you can put it in the fridge.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in espresso, vodka and Kahlua.
- Shake until cool. This will also create your foam.
- Pour into two chilled glasses.
- Garnish with a few coffee beans.
At home I use my DeLonghi espresso maker to make espresso. Another option is to use espresso powder. It is most commonly used in baking to enhance the flavor of chocolate. But in a pinch, you could also make homemade espresso.
By having your espresso prepared in advance, you can prepare this drink in less than 5 minutes.
When you combine ingredients in your cocktail shaker, you want the ice to combine with the espresso to create a foam, rather than the hot espresso melting it.
To chill your jars, simply pop them in the freezer for 5-6 minutes before you need them.
Not only is this drink delicious, but it can also be a great conversation starter. I know I’m a little more talkative when I have a little caffeine rush in my system. 🙂
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Guests will be very impressed with the chilled glasses and coffee bean garnish. It’s the little things, isn’t it? Have fun making cocktails! xo. Emma
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Espresso Martini – A simple 3 ingredient dessert cocktail
Create this legendary espresso martini with just 3 ingredients. The rich, smooth coffee flavor makes it the perfect dessert or brunch treat.
- 2 shots espresso about 1.5 ounces each
- 2 ounces vodka
- 3 ounces Kahlua
- 3 coffee beans for garnish
Make your espresso and let it cool completely.
To chill your jars, simply pop them in the freezer a few minutes (5-6) before you need them.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in espresso, vodka and Kahlua.
Shake until cool. Pour into two chilled glasses.
Garnish with a few coffee beans and serve.
If you can’t find espresso powder, just brew a super strong coffee and use that in place of the espresso in this recipe.