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How to Make the Perfect Espresso Martini

By Anna Spooner on 7/12/16 11:30 AM

Espresso Martinis are the rocket fuel of the drinks world, they’re that little pick me up when you’re flagging and, contrary to what you might think, they’re not just for die-hard coffee lovers. But how do you make the perfect espresso martini? How do you get the creamy frothy goodness, the sweet syrup smoothness and that caffeine kick just right?



Kahlua espresso martini

Kahlúa, the famous coffee liqueur, is the king of the espresso martini, so it’s only right that we look to them for our first inspired recipe:


1 Part Kahlúa

2 Parts Absolut Vodka

1 Part espresso

Optional: Simple sugar syrup to taste


Ok, you’ll need an espresso machine and a shaker for this one. It sounds complicated but it’s just a matter of mixing booze with coffee. Shake the Kahlúa, Absolut Vodka and espresso together with plenty of ice. Strain into a cocktail glass to get rid of all the small ice chips. Tip: Shake for like 10 seconds for optimal frothiness.

Baileys Espresso

Baileys have got their own super-easy and lusciously creamy take on the Espresso Martini which is perfect for those with a sweet tooth:


2 oz Bailey’s Espresso Crème Liqueur

0.25 oz Smirnoff No.21 Vodka

0.25 oz Espresso


Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass.