Espresso martini – stylish cocktail to enjoy

Espresso Martini – Stylish cocktail to enjoy

There aren’t many drinks that would be considered iconic. But the Espresso Martini is exactly that. It is not only a pick-me-up that tastes delicious but also a drink that exudes much stylishness.

It should not be missing from any good cocktail menu and party. The Expresso Martini that’s served in a martini glass makes everyone look good. The reason this cocktail is called this way is due to the glass it is served in. But this drink has nothing in common with a classic Martini, except for the name and the glass.

The main ingredients are espresso and vodka. The bittersweet taste will help you drink away your tiredness.

How did the Espresso Martini come about?

The cult drink is not as old as other cocktails. It all started in London in 1983, with a bartender named Dirk Brasdell and a future supermodel.

The supermodel went to the bar and asked the bartender to make her a cocktail with coffee, so he mixed her a drink with vodka, sugar, coffee liqueur, and a shot of espresso. The model who only wanted a pick-me-up ended up being blown away by the drink.

What she did not know, however, was that the other bar visitors were also charmed by this drink. Over the years, the cocktail has become increasingly popular, and at some point, there were even a few name changes, but the recipe always stayed the same.

Espresso Martini

Espresso martini
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Everyone needs a wake-up drink every now and again. The Espresso Martini wakes you up and blows you away. This cocktail is the perfect mix of alcohol and coffee. Easy and quick to prepare, the drink is perfect for a party.
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Preparation time: 2 minutes
Mixing time: 3 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Category: Cult Drink, Shortdrink
Origin: British
Keywords: Coffee Liqueur, Espresso, Espresso beans, Ice cubes, Sugar syrup, vodka
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 233kcal
Author: Leon Zeschke


  • 4 cl vodka
  • 3 cl coffee liqueur
  • 3 cl espresso
  • 1 cl sugar syrup
  • 3 espresso beans
  • 3 ice cubes


  • Put the ice cubes into your martini glass first. This helps to keep the drink cool later.
  • Now put 2-3 ice cubes into the cocktail shaker.
  • Next, add the vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and sugar syrup to the shaker.
  • Shake everything for 15-20 minutes until it foams.
  • You can take the ice cubes out of the martini glass now.
  • Pour the cocktail through a strainer into the chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with the espresso beans and the cocktail is ready.


Serving: 1Cocktail | Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Proof: 17.7% vol
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Tips for the perfect espresso martini

The choice of coffee liqueur and vodka plays a major role in a good espresso martini. They provide a good base for the drink, which is why you should pay attention to quality here. But the espresso is even more important. I recommend a balanced Espresso with medium strength.

It is the foam of the cocktail that sets it apart from others, which is why it’s important to make sure that enough of it is formed when shaking. The best way to do that is by adding air.

How much sugar syrup you want to use is up to you. Not everyone drinks their coffee with the same amount of sugar anyway. If you want a strong cocktail, you can leave out the syrup entirely. But you can also add more if you like the sweet flavor.

Frequently asked questions about espresso martini

When do you drink an espresso martini?

A cocktail like this is perfect after a big meal or before a long night of partying. It helps you feel refreshed and cheers you up, so nothing will stand in your way for the night.

Which cocktails are similar to the espresso martini?

There are five cocktails that are similar to the Espresso Martini in terms of caffeine and alcohol content. These five cocktails are Black Russian, Barbie, Bounty, White Russian, and Scarface.

Why is the name of this cocktail Espresso Martini?

The first part of the name comes from the ingredients that are used. The second part from the cocktail glass, which is a martini glass. Other than that, there are no other similarities to the classic martini.

Über Leon Zeschke | Avatar of leon zeschkeLeon is a food blogger, nutritionist, and passionate cocktail nerd. He loves trying out new cocktails and sharing his creations. Jonas is also one of the founders and part of the editorial team of
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