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Two espresso martinis in glasses with decoratively bent stems, on a slate serving platter with a cocktail shaker and jigger, and a spoon filled with espresso powder with more scattered on the slate, on one plain blue cloth beneath a white and blue speckled patterned cloth, on a wood surface.

The Best Espresso Martini

  • Author: Meghan Yager


Add a boost of caffeine to your next happy hour with the best espresso martini. Our simple recipe only requires 5 ingredients.



For the Rimming Sugar:

  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp instant espresso powder

For the Cocktail:

  • 1 fl oz espresso, chilled
  • 2 fl oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 fl oz Kahlua, or your favorite coffee-flavored liqueur


  1. Stir together sugar and instant espresso in a small bowl until combined. Pour mixture onto a small plate or saucer. Wet the rim of a martini glass, and rim with the espresso sugar. Set aside.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur. Shake well, for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. Strain into the rimmed martini glass and serve.


For a vanilla version, try vanilla-infused vodka. Yum!

  • Category: Martini
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: espresso, espresso martini, martini, coffee, cocktail