Espresso Martini - Kick off your weekend with this fancy cocktail!

Espresso Martini


Espresso Martini, for when you really want to kick off the weekend. This cocktail not only looks exciting and chic, but also gives you the perfect buzz to end your week.

This cocktail originated in Soho, London in the 1980s as: “a drink to wake you up and then f*ck you up”. It sounds more intense than it is, but hey, what more could you want on a Friday afternoon?!

In any case, it has become a habit for us to experiment with coffee in other products, and this experiment has been successful!

It's a mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and a good shot of espresso. The recipe is creamy, rich in flavor and the combination of vodka and espresso gives you a super nice active buzz.

 You may immediately think of a chic rooftop cocktail bar when you see this picture, but this cocktail is actually super accessible.

In this article I will tell you all about the espresso Martini and I will also teach you how to make it yourself. Read on quickly and steal the show at the next Fri-mi-bo.

Read also: All coffee types - a complete overview.

What is an Espresso Martini

The espresso martini is rumored to have been invented by a legendary bartender in London.

In one of the most posh places in Soho, London, a top model came in and asked for a drink. “I need a drink to wake me up and f#ck me up.”

The Bartender knew pleasure brewed a fresh shot of espresso and mixed it with Vodka, Kahlua and a little sugar.

Meanwhile, the legendary espresso martini has become so popular that it has overtaken the Mojito and Margarita as the most popular cocktails.

Which drink is best in an espresso Martini

Just like the high quality coffee beans, it is also very important that you use high quality Vodka for your espresso Martini.

Combined with the intense, nectar-like sweetness of the liqueur and the full, complex coffee taste, you get a real full and intense taste experience.

Which coffee do you use for an espresso Martini

Of course it is best to use fresh coffee beans for the best espresso Martini.

The espresso you use for the espresso martini is also the best if it is fresh and therefore just brewed to guarantee the optimal taste experience.

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What is that foam layer on an espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

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The oils from the coffee, along with CO2 are mixed together by 'shaking' the cocktail which creates the creamy crema on top of the espresso martini.

An important tip is that the better and more you shake, the more beautiful your crema layer will be. Use large pieces of ice so that you can shake longer without the cocktail being diluted too much by the water.

That the ice dilutes your drink is very good and is also necessary to give the espresso Martini the fresh cold taste. But if you use too many small pieces of ice, this will happen too quickly and your espresso martini will be a lot less creamy and tasty.

So…The bigger the better, when it comes to ice cream.

How to Make an Espresso Martini

Tip: For the very best Espresso Martini, I recommend using high-quality products.


  • 50ml vodka
  • 35 ml coffee liqueur
  • 1 shot of espresso (about 18-20 grams of coffee for 2 shots)
  • Ice cubes
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail glass (e.g. a Martini glass)
  • 3 whole roasted coffee beans (for decoration)

Read also: Making coffee like a real barista.

And then…

Fill your Martini glass with ice so that it gets cold

Grab your cocktail shaker and pour in the vodka, liqueur and espresso and top it off with ice.






Shake very well! It is important that the ice breaks and mixes well with the other ingredients for the creamy topping you want on this drink.

Shake again and then…

Empty the Martini glass and double check if it is ice cold. Then pour the contents of your shaker through a sieve into your Martini Glass. Plant some coffee beans in the foam layer and Voilà. Here's your cocktail

“that wakes you up and f*cks you up”!!

Cheers to the weekend!

VIDEO: This is how you make an Espresso Martini