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HOW TO MAKE AN ESPRESSO MARTINI

Level up your night with a rich and indulgent drink: the espresso martini. This creamy mix of coffee liqueur, vodka and espresso is sure to wake you right up! This popular drink was created in the ‘80s and quickly became a go-to cocktail for those looking for a delicious and indulgent drink. 

With the right ingredients and tools, you can make your own espresso martini in the comfort of your home.

CAN I MAKE ESPRESSO COCKTAILS WITHOUT AN ESPRESSO MACHINE?

It’s not necessary to use an espresso machine for espresso cocktails, although it is the preferred method. You can make an espresso martini without an espresso machine using cold brew or drip coffee. Cold brew coffee yields a strong coffee concentrate that can be a substitute for espresso. If you’re looking for a milder flavor and a drink that is not as strong, try using brewed coffee.

ESPRESSO MARTINI RECIPE

You can make espresso martinis at home with just a few simple ingredients, such as vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso. Once you mix these ingredients together, your homemade espresso cocktail is ready to enjoy.

YIELDS
  • 2 servings
ESPRESSO MARTINI INGREDIENTS

 

TOOLS
  • Coupe or martini glass

  • Cocktail shaker 

    • If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, anything with a well-fitting lid will work

  • Strainer 

  • Espresso machine

PREP TIME
  • 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME
  • 5 minutes
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STEP 1: CHILL DRINKING GLASSES

Begin by chilling your glasses of choice. This will keep your espresso martini cool without using ice cubes that may water down your drink. You can chill your glasses by filling them with ice water or by placing the glasses into the freezer.

A person making espresso in a KitchenAid® espresso machine.

STEP 2: BREW THE ESPRESSO

Use your espresso machine to brew fresh espresso. You can let the espresso cool slightly before using the cocktail shaker to shake the espresso with ice.

A person pouring milk into their espresso drink.

STEP 3: COMBINE THE INGREDIENTS

Fill a cocktail shaker with vodka, coffee liquor, espresso, creme de cacao and ice. Shake the cocktail shaker until your drink is chilled and frothy, usually around 20 seconds.

An espresso martini.

STEP 4: STRAIN INTO GLASSES

Use a strainer to pour the espresso martini into your glasses, while holding back the ice.

Espresso beans.

STEP 5: GARNISH WITH COFFEE BEANS (OPTIONAL)

Finish the look by garnishing your espresso martini with coffee beans.

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HOW CAN I CREATE VARIATIONS ON AN ESPRESSO MARTINI?

Put your own twist on the classic espresso cocktail with different liquors and ingredients. One method is the “Flat White Martini,” which uses an Irish cream liqueur instead of coffee liqueur. Another variation is to use vodka and hazelnut liqueur, garnished with a lemon zest.

Recreate your favorite coffee drinks by adding flavorings such as drizzled chocolate syrup on the inside or sprinkle toasted coconut or cinnamon on top. Looking for further inspiration? Try this recipe for a warm winter espresso cocktail.

WHAT GOES WELL WITH AN ESPRESSO MARTINI?

Espresso martinis can be the perfect complement to brunch or as an after dinner digestif. You can also pair your espresso martini with a savory food, like this recipe for sweet cheese tarts, to balance the flavors. Espresso martinis can also be an excellent pick me up after a busy day.

HOW ELSE CAN I USE ESPRESSO IN RECIPES?

Espresso can be used in a variety of drink recipes, like a cold brew old fashioned or an extra strong irish coffee. Explore indulgent dessert recipes, grounded with robust flavors of espresso, such as mocha mousse with espresso caviar & chantilly cream

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