Espresso martinis in glasses with stirrers

Espresso martini

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(17 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 5 mins plus cooling


Serves 2

Learn how to make this classic coffee cocktail. Our easy recipe uses freshly brewed espresso, a dash of coffee liqueur and a simple sugar syrup

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal258
  • fat0.1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0.1g
  • salt0.02g
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    For the sugar syrup

    • 100g golden caster sugar

    For the cocktail

    • ice
    • 100ml vodka



      Originally associated with Russia, Slavonic, Baltic and Scandinavian countries, vodka has become…

    • 50ml freshly brewed espresso coffee
    • 50ml coffee liqueur (we used Kahlua)
    • 4 coffee beans (optional)


    1. Start by making the sugar syrup. Put the caster sugar in a small pan over a medium heat and pour in 50ml water. Stir, and bring to the boil. 

    2. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Put 2 martini glasses in the fridge to chill.

    3. Once the sugar syrup is cold, pour 1 tbsp into a cocktail shaker along with a handful of ice, the vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur. Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold. 

    4. Strain into the chilled glasses. Garnish each one with coffee beans if you like.

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    17th Jun, 2017
    too sweet. The only recipe for an expresso martini you will ever need is; equal measure of vodka, expresso coffee and kahlua. Plenty of ice and plenty of shaking.....enjoy
    14th May, 2020
    Yer agree, needs at least another shot of coffee, the foam on the top should be one of the best bits!
    20th Aug, 2017
    Totally agree!!. Too sweet with the syrup. Even when I order one in a bar or restaurant I ask fo no syrup. An Espresso Martini should never be sickly sweet!
    cdibling's picture
    31st Mar, 2018
    Why am I losing the cremè layer from the espresso when I shake, should this not be poured in after shaking?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    1st Apr, 2018
    Thanks for your question. It all goes into the shaker and should be well shaken before straining into two glasses.
    5th May, 2017
    What are you supposed to do with the other 50ml of vodka? Seems like a waste saying to have 100ml and only use half?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    5th May, 2017
    Thanks for spotting this one - that was a mistake. We've now changed it as all the vodka is supposed to be added. We hope you enjoy!
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