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Espresso Martini Recipe

Happy Hour: Espresso Martini

Espresso MartiniWhat could be better, one might ask, than a spiked coffee drink? After all, you're not forced to choose between coffee or alcohol; it's the best of both worlds. And while I love an Irish coffee on a cold Winter day, my favorite drink in this department is, hands down, the espresso martini.

Credit goes to Bouchon Las Vegas, the first place where I had an impeccable version of the drink. At its best, an espresso martini should be nutty and ever-so-slightly bitter, offset by a little sweetness. It should have an impossibly silky-smooth finish.

I've been making an awful lot of them at home lately; when my stomach's not in the mood to digest cream, I'll substitute soy-based creamer, which works like a charm. For the incredibly basic, two-part recipe, keep reading.

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini Recipe 2011-01-31 10:37:04


  1. 2 ounces espresso vodka, such as Van Gogh Double Espresso
  2. 2 ounces cream or milk
  3. 3 roasted coffee beans, for garnish (optional)


  1. Pour vodka and cream or milk into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. If desired, garnish with coffee beans.

Makes 1 drink.

Join The Conversation
kitzelover kitzelover 4 years
drizzle some chocolate sauce on martini glass and freeze before pouring in drink ... yum, yum
hannegee hannegee 6 years
i doubt that espresso vodka i prevalent in other parts of the world though....maybe i can import it from the states? ;)
TiVo TiVo 6 years
Mmm! If you *really* like espresso, you can do espresso vodka shaken with ice and a hot shot of fresh espresso. That's how one bar tender made it for me, and it was quite tasty. You can only have one though or you'll be up all night!
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 6 years
Yum! I love coffee-flavored everything so this is right up my alley.
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