Exceptional Espresso Martini Recipe: The Best Valentine's Day Cocktail by Donna John
When I got a text with a photo from my daughter who lives in California telling me that this was her third time that week she had gone out for espresso martinis, I had to laugh. First, because the photo she sent was adorable; and second, I had never tasted an espresso martini. Because I am always interested in what my grown kids are doing, I had to try one for myself.
Fail – or so I was told by my daughter. I ordered one at a Mexican restaurant (first mistake) and sent her a photo. Though it tasted fine, it was not a true espresso martini. The overly thick cocktail tasted more like chocolate than coffee, and was topped with whipped cream like a dessert. Oh, my. I knew then and there I needed to find a good espresso martini recipe to make at home.
This easy espresso martini recipe is really simple to make once you brew the espresso and prepare the simple syrup. Coffee liqueur, vodka, brewed espresso and simple simple are put into an ice-filled cocktail shaker before being shaken, and shaken hard. Shaking the drink vigorously makes it foam up and creates the beautiful layer of foam on the top once poured into the martini glass. And after ordering an espresso martini with my daughter on my last trip to see her, I know this one would pass her taste test.
This espresso martini would be a wonderful (and romantic!) cocktail to serve on Valentine's Day to your sweetheart. And cheers to my beautiful daughter who introduced me to this creamy coffee cocktail.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes (if espresso is brewed and simple syrup prepared)
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur (I use Kahlúa)
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce brewed espresso, cooled completely
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- coffee beans, for garnish (optional)
Here's how to make it:
- Put ice into a cocktail shaker.
- Add the cooled coffee, simple syrup, coffee liqueur and vodka.
- Shake hard to create a foam.
- Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with coffee beans, if desired.
Note: we may occasionally reference products based on a contributor’s personal opinion. But 30Seconds is not affiliated or in no way endorses or makes any warranties about specific products. However, 30Seconds is a participant in the Amazon affiliate advertising program and this post contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a commission or fees if you make a purchase via those links.
Recipe cooking times and servings are approximate. Need to convert cooking and baking measurements? Here are some kitchen conversion charts. Here's how to submit your recipes to 30Seconds.
Take 30 seconds and join the 30Seconds community, and follow us on Facebook to get recipes in your newsfeed daily.
Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:
Martini Glasses $10 & Up
Coffee Beans $6 & Up
Espresso Coffee $6 & Up
Drink Shakers $7 & Up
Cocktail Measures $6 & Up
30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.