The Espresso Martini

We all know the feeling, it’s been a long day, you’ve been out for dinner and have had your fill. You are feeling slightly soporific and then they bring out the dessert menu. It is all a little too much for a man to bear. Fear not! There is a little trick that I picked up somewhere along the lines and that is the Espresso Martini.

The Espresso Martini is perfect for such an occasion. It is an excellent substitute for dessert and has the added benefits of acting as a little pick-me-up. Packed with caffeine and ardent spirit the Espresso Martini will keep you going until the taxi arrives.


Before I continue, I have to get something off my chest – the shot of coffee is called an ESPRESSO. Too many times for my own sanity to cope with I hear people asking for an expresso. This fills me with a very fervent strain of rage and I feel it my public duty to make the world aware of the danger they might put themselves in if they choose to make this error in my company. I cannot be held responsible for the grimacing face I will make whilst trying my upmost not to bludgeon the perpetrator to death right in front of everyone in the coffee shop… and breathe!


Back to cocktail making! The Espresso Martini is a really impressive looking drink but is deceptively easy to make and is sure to impress your friends. Made properly it is smooth, rich and velvety. So how is it done?

You will need:

  • 1.5 measures fresh espresso
  • 2 measures Vanilla Vodka
  • 2 measures Kahlua
  • 1.5 measures Creme de Cacao


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Plenty of ice
  • Martini Glass

The method is extraordinarily simple. In fact the most technical part is making the espresso (I assume we are all up to speed with making espresso? That is perhaps a subject for an article of it’s own). Here is how we make the cocktail:

  1. Fill the cocktail shaker 2/3 full with ice cubes.
  2. Pure in the espresso over the ice
  3. Add in the various, carefully measured spirits
  4. Time for the lid of the cocktail shaker and some enthusiastic shaking before pouring into the martini glass

The shaking and the extracted oils in the espresso make for a sublime creamy head to the cocktail and when it settles it almost resembles a pint of Guinness. It really does look splendid in a beautiful martini glass. I like to float a trio of coffee beans on the foam. Not only does it look good, but you also get the pleasure of crunching them as you enjoy the last gulp of this fantastic cocktail.

Go forth and enjoy the espresso martini.