How to make an
Espresso Martini

The Espresso Martini is a coffee-based cocktail that is sweet, strong, and flavoursome. It features a creamy topping of foam topped with coffee beans and is a great drink to follow a big meal although it can also be a great cocktail to get your party going!

For all those coffee lovers out there, this is a dream cocktail. While technically this cocktail is not regarded as a true Martini (such as the classic French Martini) because it doesn't contain gin or vermouth, it's still served in traditional martini glasses and its huge popularity means it's now firmly part of the Martini family of cocktails.


  • 2 ounces vodka

  • 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur (usually Kahlúa)

  • 1 ounce espresso, freshly brewed (or cold brew concentrate)

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • Garnish: coffee beans

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How To Prepare

  1. Add ice to glass

  2. Shake Boozy Espresso Martini pre mix

  3. Pour mix into glass (adjust to taste)

  4. Enjoy!


Whats In A Espresso Martini?

The Espresso Martini is strong and sweet with a smooth, rich flavour that makes it entirely delicious and is like an after-dinner coffee, dessert, and liqueur all rolled into one. If you are a fan of Irish Coffee, then you'll love this Martini just as much! The best thing about this cocktail is that it is easy and quick to make requiring only four easy-to-find ingredients that you combine in a cocktail shaker.

To impress your dinner party guests you should serve this cocktail with dessert to top a perfect meal or at the beginning of the night to kick things off with a bang!

Why does an Espresso Martini have froth?

The secret to a perfect Espresso Martini is to create a froth on the coffee by making it in a coffee machine. When you do this you'll notice that the coffee has a rich foam (or 'crema' in Italian) on top which you can't by using a French press coffee maker or by using instant coffee. Note that you should never use instant coffee when making this cocktail.

If you don't have a coffee machine, though, but you want to replicate the foam you can add an egg white to the cocktail shaker to reproduce the effect. This doesn't change the taste of the cocktail but does produce the required foam to make it look perfect. If you don't want to use egg whites (because putting a raw egg in a cocktail puts you off) you use cocktail foam instead which is available online. When using this you should only add a drop or two to each cocktail mix which will create the desired foam after shaking.

What is the significance of the three coffee beans?

This cocktail is topped with three coffee beans in a nod to the traditional way that the liqueur Sambuca is served in Italy. This effect is called La Mosca (or 'the fly') with each bean representing wealth, health, and happiness.

Pro tips for making an Espresso Martini

  • Ensure that your coffee is completely cool before you mix it otherwise it will melt the ice and you won't create the desired chilled cocktail

  • You can cool coffee quickly by putting it in the freezer after making it

  • You need to shake this cocktail's ingredients extra well to ensure you get the characteristic foam on top for which it is famous

  • Make sure you pour your cocktail mix into the glass quickly to get the foam on top