The Espresso Martini

  • 35ml Absolut Vodka
  • 25ml Kahlua
  • 35ml espresso coffee
  • 15ml simple syrup
  • 3 coffee beans to garnish


The Espresso Martini is modern classic, a perfect way to kick off a cocktail party or even round off a swanky dinner party. It is a simple recipe, but does call for a shaker if you’re going to get that silky white froth on top.

The Espresso Martini dates back to Dick Bradsell at the Brasserie Soho in the early 1980s.

Since its creation, this caffeinated beverage has been bringing joy to the masses and features, in one form or another, on some of the best cocktail menus in the UK.

The cocktail can be created in numerous ways, but the original is always the best and a crowd pleaser through and through.

Variations include swapping vodka for whisky, rum or even tequila. If you’re a fan of the vodka Espresso Martini, but want to shake things up a little, consider using a vanilla vodka and even adding a cream liqueur for a touch of decadence.

You can also play around with flavoured syrups, depending on the weather, so in the winter add a splash of gingerbread or caramel syrup. In the summer, perhaps a splash of banana or almond.

What is refreshing, is you can play around with this cocktail as not much can go wrong as long as you get the basics right.

For example, some recipes call for added sweetness from a sugar syrup, but if you use Kahlua, then additional sweetness could throw the cocktail off balance as the liqueur is already sweetened.

But, it is entirely up to you how you want to make this cocktail at home, making this modern classic a win for all occasions.

And don’t forget, whatever you do, garnish the drink with three coffee beans.


Add 35ml Absolut Vodka to a shaker filled with ice

Add the 25ml Kahlua

Add the 35ml cold espresso

Add the 15ml simple syrup (you can buy this or make one using 100g of caster sugar dissolved in 100ml boiling water)

Shake for at least 30 seconds

Double strain in a chilled martini or coupette glass

Garnish with 3 whole coffee beans