Espresso Martini


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The Espresso Martini makes a great digestif if you enjoy coffee flavor.

Some notes before beginning:

  • This version assumes you're using less sweet coffee liqueur like Mr. Black Cold Brew.
  • If you're using something sweeter, like Kahlúa, you may want to omit the simple syrup entirely.
  • Espresso powder can be difficult to find so make your own by drying used espresso grinds in the oven then re-grinding them in a coffee grinder. Used espresso grinds are recommended to give a slightly less potent flavor profile.
  • Save the espresso powder for enhancing your favorite chocolate cake recipe.
  • After straining this cocktail into the glass a caramel-colored and creamy in texture creama should form.

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This drink, a.k.a. Vodka Espresso, was originally created by legendary bar tender Richard 'Dick' Bradsell (1959-2016).

While you sip on your Espresso Martini, check out this interview with Dick where he talks about the vodka he chose for this drink and other elements of it's origin.


  • 0.5 simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz coffee liquer
  • 1 oz shot of espresso coffee
  • 1.5 oz vodka (2 oz if you want it stiffer)
  • Espresso powder (garnish)


  • Boston shaker
  • Jigger
  • Hawthorne strainer
  • Martini glass or coupe glass, preferrably chilled


  1. Combine ingredients in shaker with ice
  2. Shake for 10 seconds
  3. Strain into a chilled glass neat

Possible garnish ideas:

  • espresso powder (described above)
  • three espresso beans (most common)