Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini
An Espresso Martini is a great after dinner cocktail, combining vodka, coffee liqueur (Kahlua) and espresso in one delicious drink.
The cocktail was invented by Dick Bradsell back in 1983 in a Soho bar when he was asked to serve something that could "wake up" the customer. Since there was a coffee machine next to his bar counter, the bartender decided to experiment and mix coffee with vodka.
At that time any cocktail was served in a V-shape glass known as martini glass and so Espresso Martini was born although it contains no martini.
We also have recipes for similar Martini drinks like the Dry Martini, Porn Star Martini, a Cherry Martini and a French Martini.
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine International
Servings 1


  • martini glass


  • 60 ml vodka
  • 20 ml coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
  • 30 ml espresso (freshly brewed, cold)
  • 3 coffee beans (to garnish)


  • Fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour in the vodka, kahlua and espresso. Shake well until chilled.
  • Strain the liquid into a cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with 3 coffee beans and serve immediately.


Is there Martini in Espresso Martini?

No, there is no Martini as an Espresso Martini doesn’t contain vermouth or gin.

Why Espresso Martini has 3 coffee beans?

Espresso Martini is traditionally garnished with 3 coffee beans; one for health, one for wealth and one for happiness.

How many calories are there in Espresso Martini?

There are approximately 100 calories in one serving (provided no sugar is added).

Can Espresso Martini wake me up?

Yes, Espresso Martini contains real coffee in it which can wake you up.

What vodka cocktails are best?

If you like a vodka cocktail we also have a roundup of our top ten cocktails with vodka, its not official, but we think you’ll find these cocktails are all worth trying.

A single-shot espresso requires approximately 42 coffee beans.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.