Sweet and strong, this easy espresso martini cocktail is the perfect replacement for the traditional after-dinner coffee.
No instant espresso powder or espresso machine needed for these cocktails! You can skip the fresh espresso and instead brew up a strong pot of coffee in the morning. Put a cup's worth in the fridge to chill, and you'll be all set for espresso vodka martinis at happy hour.
This coffee cocktail uses coffee liqueur instead of simple syrup to add sweetness and boost the coffee flavor. This also helps reduce the amount of coffee needed in the martini, making it a lower caffeine option for this classic, coffee lovers after dinner drink.
What You Need
- Strong brewed coffee
- Coffee liqueur
- Chocolate bitters
How to Make an Espresso Martini
Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker full of ice.
Strain into a martini glass.
Garnish by floating 2 or 3 coffee beans on the top of the cocktail's foam.
Tips on Espresso Martinis
Use a traditional drip coffee pot and any blend of your choice to brew the coffee for this recipe. Just use double the amount of coffee grounds as normal when you brew.
Yes! Make sure the coffee is COLD before you make this cocktail. Even slightly warm coffee will melt and break down the ice when you shake up your cocktail, resulting in a watered-down drink.
If you prefer cream in your coffee, add 1 oz of half and half along with the rest of the ingredients in the cocktail shaker. Adding 1 oz of Rumchata liqueur is another delicious way to add cream - and cinnamon - to your espresso martini.
While the chocolate bitters enhance the cocktail, you can leave it out if you don't have any on hand.