I love mixing drinks and I’ve had a lot of fun finding the best espresso martini recipes out there. I’ve put together a list of 17 awesome versions of this coffee-flavoured cocktail.

Whether you’re new to making drinks or you’re looking for something new to try, these recipes are sure to add some excitement to your glass. Let’s dive into these must-try variations and find your new favourite!

Espresso Martini Variations

I’ve categorized 17 espresso martini recipes, blending classic charm with innovative twists, ready to elevate your cocktail experience. Let’s explore

Vodka-Based: Classic and Simple

Classic Espresso Martini

2 oz Vodka
1 oz Espresso
1/2 oz Coffee liqueur
1/4 oz Demerara simple syrup
1/4 oz Amaro nonino

Review: Smooth, sophisticated with a perfect balance of coffee and sweetness. An absolute classic that never fails to impress.

Classic Espresso Martini

Simple Espresso Martini

2 oz Vodka
1 oz Espresso
1 oz Tia Maria
Simple syrup (optional/to taste)

Review: Less complex but equally delightful. The Tia Maria brings a lovely depth. Great for a quick, satisfying mix.

Vodka-Based: Flavored and Infused

Chocolate Enhanced Espresso Martini

2 oz Hangar One Vodka
1 oz Espresso
1 oz Kahlua Especial
Shaved dark chocolate
3 Espresso beans

Review: A chocolate lover’s dream. Rich, decadent with a perfect espresso kick. The shaved chocolate adds a nice touch.

Chocolate Enhanced Espresso Martini

Vodka and Espresso with Vanilla and Chocolate

1 oz Vodka
0.5 oz Kahlua
0.5 oz Baileys
1 pump Monin Dark Chocolate
2 oz Espresso shot

Review: Sweet, indulgent, and beautifully layered. The vanilla and chocolate blend seamlessly with the coffee.

Vodka and Espresso with Vanilla and Chocolate

Melbourne Espresso Martini

40 ml Wyborowa Vodka
30 ml Cold Espresso
20 ml Illy Coffee Liqueur
5 ml Caramel Monin

Review: A delightful twist with caramel sweetness. It’s sophisticated and offers a unique flavor profile. Perfect for dessert.

Vodka-Based: Creamy and Dessert-Inspired

Vodka with Cream Espresso Martini

1 Shot Espresso
2 oz Vodka
1 oz Licor 43
A splash of Cream

Review: Luxuriously creamy and smooth. The Licor 43 adds a beautifully complex sweetness. It’s like dessert in a glass.

Vodka with Cream Espresso Martini

Licor 43 Espresso Martini

2 oz Cold Brew Concentrate
2 oz Three Olives Espresso Vodka
0.75 oz Licor 43 (infused with Espresso Beans and Vanilla Beans for 48 hours)

Review: An exceptional drink with deep flavors. The cold brew concentrate and Licor 43 infusion create a memorable experience.

Licor 43 Espresso Martini


Bourbon Espresso Martini

Double Shot Espresso
1.5 oz Bourbon
0.5 oz Kahlua
0.5 oz Irish Cream

Review: A bold, rich treat. The bourbon adds a warming depth that’s perfectly complemented by the smooth Irish cream.

Bourbon Espresso Martini

Bourbon Chocolate Bitters Espresso Martini

2 oz Bourbon
1 oz Espresso
0.5 oz Kahlua
0.25 oz Brown Sugar Syrup
Chocolate Bitters

Review: Complex and intriguing. The chocolate bitters and brown sugar syrup add layers of flavor that bourbon lovers will cherish.

Tequila and Mezcal-Based

Tequila Espresso Martini

2 oz Reposado Tequila
1 oz Espresso
0.75 oz Mr. Black
0.75 oz Irish Cream

Review: Smooth with a tequila kick. The combination of espresso and Irish cream makes this a standout drink.

Tequila Espresso Martini

Mezcal Espresso Martini

1 oz Mr Black
1 oz Mezcal
1 oz Espresso
0.25 oz Agave Syrup
Garnish with 3 Coffee Beans

Review: The smokiness of mezcal pairs brilliantly with the richness of espresso. An adventurous choice that’s absolutely rewarding.


Cold Brew and Rum Espresso Martini

1 oz Cold Brew
1 oz Spiced Rum
1 oz Coffee Liqueur
1 oz Soda Water

Review: Refreshing with a nice kick. The spiced rum and cold brew combination is perfect for a lighter, effervescent drink.

Cold Brew and Rum Espresso Martini

Unique and Other Spirits-Based

Decaf Espresso Martini

21g->40g Decaf Espresso
1.5 oz Light/Floral Whisky
0.75 oz Good Coffee Liqueur
0.25-0.5 oz Simple or Maple Syrup

Review: Surprisingly light and flavorful. The floral whisky and maple syrup add a delightful twist to the classic espresso martini.

Honey and Falernum Espresso Martini

1.25 oz Mr. Black
0.75 oz Velvet Falernum
0.5 oz Honey Simple

Review: Exotic and sweet. The honey and falernum bring a tropical vibe that’s irresistible. A unique twist on the traditional.

Coconut Rum Espresso Martini

1.5 oz Grey Goose
0.75 oz Espresso
0.50 oz St. George Coffee Liqueur
0.50 oz Don Q Coconut Rum
0.25 oz Demerara Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Fee Foam

Review: A tropical delight with a coffee twist. The coconut rum adds a lovely sweetness that’s perfectly balanced by the bitters.

Coconut Rum Espresso Martini

House Cold Brew Espresso Martini

2 oz House Cold Brew (double brewed regular coffee)
1 oz Mario’s Espresso Liqueur
0.5 oz Baileys
0.5 oz Amaretto
0.5 oz Frangelico

Review: Rich, nutty, and wonderfully complex. The combination of amaretto and Frangelico with cold brew is pure genius.


Sorry, the coffee machine is broken.

The simplest drink ever – no machines, no stuff needed, and super easy. Great for nap time instead of cocktail time!

Review: This a clever reminder that sometimes things don’t go as planned, but it’s all part of the adventure.

Everything You Need to Make These Drinks

Creating these espresso martinis requires a few key pieces of equipment, notably a good espresso machine. If you’re in the market for one, check out our guide to the best espresso machines under $500 for affordable options that don’t compromise on quality.

Base Spirits

  • Vodka: A staple for the classic espresso martini.
  • Whiskey/Bourbon: Great for adding depth to your drink.
  • Tequila: Brings a smooth twist.
  • Rum: Spiced for warmth, coconut for tropical vibes.
  • Mezcal: Offers a unique smoky note.

Coffee Components

  • Fresh Espresso: The key ingredient for that authentic coffee flavor.
  • Cold Brew Concentrate: An alternative for a smoother taste.

Liqueurs & Sweeteners

  • Coffee Liqueur: Essential for that rich coffee cocktail base.
  • Licor 43: Adds a complex, sweet layer.
  • Flavored Liqueurs: Vanilla, chocolate, or crème de cacao for extra flavor.
  • Simple Syrup, Honey Simple, Agave Syrup, Demerara Syrup: To adjust sweetness to your liking.

Cream & Mixers

  • Cream: For creamy versions of the martini.
  • Soda Water, Irish Cream: Depending on the recipe variation.


  • Garnishes: Coffee beans or chocolate shavings for the perfect finishing touch.
  • Bitters: Chocolate or Angostura bitters to add depth.

Note: Remember, you don’t need all these ingredients for a single drink. Each recipe calls for a specific combination, so pick what you need based on the espresso martini variation you’re making.

How to make these espresso martini

Step 1

Choose Your Base Spirit: Start by selecting your base spirit from options like whiskey/bourbon for depth, tequila for a smooth twist, rum for warmth and tropical vibes, or mezcal for a unique smoky note.

Step 2

Prepare Your Coffee: Brew a fresh shot of espresso or prepare a cold brew concentrate. Allow the coffee to cool to room temperature to prevent melting the ice too quickly.

Step 3

Mix Your Ingredients: In a cocktail shaker, combine the base spirit with the espresso or cold brew, adding any additional liqueurs, syrups, or creams as per your chosen recipe.

Step 4

Shake It Up: Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. This not only chills the drink but also adds a frothy texture to the martini.

Step 5

Strain and Garnish: Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with coffee beans, chocolate shavings, or a citrus twist to enhance the flavor and presentation of your espresso martini.

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