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Classic Espresso Martini Recipe

Posted on January 9th, 2012 by admin in

A modern twist on the classic martini recipe. The espresso martini recipe is an ideal combination of alcohol and coffee. Our experienced mixologist will guide you in making a delicious espresso martini that will keep you buzzing while enjoying the great side effects of alcohol indulgence. It’s an absolute winner for an after dinner drink or a late night wake up drink.


The original espresso martini recipe was founded at The Pharmacy, Notting Hill in the late 1990s. Dick Bradsell created this amazing cocktail known as the Pharmaceutical Stimulant on the menu, served on the rocks. The espresso martini evolved into the following recipe which I developed at many bars over the past 10 years of being a mixologist.


  • 30ml Vodka (1oz)
  • 30ml Kahlua (1oz)
  • 30ml Chilled Espresso Shot (1oz)
  • 5ml Sugar Syrup (optional) (.2oz)
  • Ice

  1. FILL THE MARTINI GLASS UP WITH ICE in order to cool it down. Importantly, the cooler the glass, the slower the mixing ice melts which in turn creates a much more flavoursome cocktail. If possible, place the martini glass in a freezer 2 hours prior to making the cocktail.
  2. PREPARE 1 SHOT OF 30ml ESPRESSO COFFEE Ideally this needs to be fresh ground coffee extracted from an espresso machine. It is particularly important to know how to make a good quality espresso shot. It must have a good crema and extracted correctly from a coffee machine (for a good quality espresso shot try using a Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine which can be purchased off Amazon here). To learn how to make an espresso shot click here. Choosing the right coffee bean is also crucial.
  3. POUR THE INGREDIENTS INTO SHAKER: 30ml Vodka, 30ml Kahlua & 30ml Espresso Shot. If you would like to add a touch of sweetness to the cocktail you can add 5ml of sugar syrup.
  4. FILL BOSTON SHAKER WITH ICE, SEAL & SHAKE VIGOROUSLY In order to get a rich crema, it is important to shake for longer than 10 seconds. The crema is the caramelization of oils extracted from the coffee where basically all the flavour comes from. To create a smooth espresso martini, its important to have a rich crema on top.
  7. GARNISH WITH SOME COFFEE BEANS A nice finished touch is to drop 3 coffee beans on top of the crema.

For another top espresso martini recipe, click here to find out how to make a much more “boozier” martini where our mixologist has added tequila to the elements of the cocktail.

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