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How to make an Espresso Martini

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Spending New Year’s Eve at home? We’ve got your cocktail needs covered with the perfect Espresso Martini Recipe.

New Year’s Eve is usually a time we crowd into overcapacity bars knocking back champagne and Espresso Martinis. This year is a little different, however, just because we will most likely be stuck at home this New Year’s Eve (either by choice or obligation) does not mean we can’t have those same creamy, delicious, coffee bean topped Espresso Martinis. All from the comfort of your own home!

Espresso Martini Recipe


  • 40ml Vodka
  • 20ml Coffee Liqueur
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup Optional (see recipe below)
  • 50ml Chilled Espresso


  1. First make your espresso. You may not have a coffee machine but that doesn’t mean you can’t make beautifully made espresso. Whether you use a cafetiere or kettle and instant coffee, check the back of your coffee packet to find instructions on how to make espresso
  2. Once your espresso is made, stick in the fridge to cool completely
  3. In a cocktail shaker, or anything with a tight lid that you can give a good shake, combine all the ingredients with ice and shake for 10-15 seconds until ice cold
  4. Strain out into a coupe or martini glass
  5. Garnish with 3 coffee beans

Top tips

-        Haven’t got a cocktail shaker? That’s okay! You can use anything with a wide tight fitting lid, such as a mason jar or coffee mug - Simply tighten your lid on, place your thumb over the sipper hole and shake till the cows come home.

-        If you don’t want to make the sugar syrup, but still want some sweetness in your Espresso Martini then before chilling your espresso, simply stir in a couple of teaspoons of sugar.

-        Store your glasses in the fridge or freezer to make them extra cold.

Fun Fact

-        Ever wondered why Espresso Martinis are always garnished with three coffee beans? It’s an Italian drinking tradition. The traditional garnish for a glass of Sambuca is “con la mosca” translated literally as “on the fly.” When you ask for this, you’re given three coffee beans in your drink representing health, wealth and happiness.

-        The Espresso Martini was first created in 1983 by London bartender Dick Bradsell. When a famous model (allegedly Kate Moss) came into the soho bar he was working in and asked for a drink that would “Wake me up and f*@k me up” Dick threw together a drink he named the Vodka Espresso, to which he later changed the name to the “Espresso Martini”


Sugar Syrup Recipe


-        500 grams of white sugar

-        500ml of Water


  1. Mix the sugar and water together in a saucepan on a medium/high heat
  2. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved
  3. Bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes
  4. Take off the heat, strain into a bottle and refrigerate till you’re ready to use



Looking for ways to switch up the classic Espresso Martini recipe? Why not infuse the sugar syrup. By adding different ingredients, spices, fruits or nuts in with our sugar syrup we can make our very own flavoured syrup. After which we can simply replace the 10ml of sugar syrup in our Espresso Martinis for our flavoured syrup; Vanilla,Orange and Cinnamon are my top recommendations.


You could also skip the sugar syrup all together and add store bought chocolate syrup instead. Doing this with just a pinch of salt creates the most delightful salted chocolate Espresso Martini. Finish it off with a dusting of chocolate.