Easy Espresso Martini Recipe

The weekend is almost here, which means it is time for some cocktails, virgin or not! Coffee enthusiasts like us can't help but love coffee cocktails - from traditional Irish coffees to new age coffee-infused old-fashioned. We are here to share a simple and easy recipe for one of our all-time favorites - Espresso Martini, perfect for a classy night-in or a special kick before leaving for the night.


📜 The Story

The Espresso Martini was originally devised by Dick Bradsell in 1983 during his tenure at the Soho Brasserie. Invented as a peculiar request from a British top model in his London bar, the Espresso Martini is a cocktail with a story, a history, and a legacy.

Originally named "Vodka Espresso", it was once renamed as the "Pharmaceutical Stimulant" during Dick’s time at London bar The Pharmacy. As the drink gained popularity for its unique boozy kick, and it became widely accepted in the late nineties for anything served in a martini glass to be called a martini, its name was changed to "Espresso Martini".


🍸 Making the Drink


  • 1 Part Freshly Brewed Espresso⁣⁣ ☕
  • 1 Part Vodka⁣⁣
  • 1 Part Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua is a popular choice)
Aside from the classic, there are many variations for the Espresso Martini built upon this base. Our team is particularly drawn to a spiced rum-based version which you can check out here.


    1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
    2. Optional: Garnish with coffee beans on top for decoration! ⁣⁣The delicately placed coffee beans, arranged as a petal arrangement on the crema, go well beyond aesthetics, but, in addition, help to enhance the wonderful aroma of espresso in the cocktail as well.

    Try this recipe out with our punchy single-origin Brazil São Luiz with a medium-dark roast and notes of chocolate swiss roll, toffee and sweet clementine. Check out our other offerings of sustainable specialty coffee, roasted with zero-waste in the UK here


    ✏️ Tips from the Alpaca Coffee Team

    The Coffee ☕

    1. Quality Coffee: With Alpaca Coffee, you can be sure that our specialty coffee is top-notch quality, and ethically sourced in sustainable and plastic-free packaging. 
    2. Cool it Down: Allow the coffee to cool down slightly before adding to the shaker to prevent excessive ice dilution from the hot liquid. 
    3. Keep it Fresh: After coffee has been ground, it begins the process of oxidization, which you'll want to minimize the amount of as much as possible due to the bitterness it creates. 

    The Shaking ✋🏻

    The crema - the foamy and smooth layer of tight bubbles atop the cocktail is one of the most rewarding parts of an espresso martini. It gives extra texture and offers a layered experience for the cocktail drinker. It requires great aeration for the natural oils in the coffee to combine with the air bubbles to form the delicate froth. Nothing fancy, simply shake HARD.

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