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Espresso Martini – Classic, Irish and Mexican Alternatives

Espresso Martini – Classic, Irish and Mexican Alternatives

Easy recipe with quick tips

As a huge coffee lover, it’s no surprise that I decided to try an Espresso Martini before everything else as my first cocktail trial. Before getting my hands-on homemade cocktails, I didn’t know how popular it was. Such a shame that I was also not aware of the different types!

I started using the recipes on the brands’ websites because I wanted to stay on the safe side with my first cocktails. To make a safe Espresso Martini, I looked up the recipes on Kahlua‘s website. Since I was prepared to dive into the deep waters of homemade cocktails, I had all the ingredients ready to try the alternatives.

Let’s start with the classic because it’s the basic one Kahlua Espresso Martini, with Vodka


This classic Espresso Martini recipe is quite simple:

  • 1 part Kahlua (or any coffee liqueur)
  • 1 part Vodka
  • 1 part Espresso

My glass you see here is coupe, bought from Ikea. I give the recipes with a measurement as “part” because the trouble I had most had been this measuring part when I first started my trials.

Important note: Don’t forget to measure your glasses before you start making the cocktails. It’s not nice having to add more when you end up short of drink to fill all your glasses at the end =)

All you need to do is add lots of ice to your shaker. Then add all the ingredient and shake really well. I highly recommend you to check the tips about shaking cocktails here before you start making your cocktails because you’ll see many basics and technical information.

Pour your cocktail in a cold coupe glass so that it won’t get warm quickly. Garnish it with coffee beans and enjoy!

You can play with the ratios of the ingredients as you like. Above all, it’s you that’s going to enjoy the taste. And here are the other 2 alternatives I like as much as the original one:

Irish Espresso MartiniMexican Espresso Martini
• 1 part Kahlua
• 1,5 part Irish Whiskey
• 1 part Espresso
• 1 part Kahlua
• 1 part Vodka
• 1 part Espresso
I adjusted the amount of whiskey I have used because I found the Irish Espresso Martini recipe on Kahlua’s website quite light. The original recipe has 1 part Irish Whiskey.

The secret of having so much froth on the upper layer for this cocktail lies beneath shaking well and the coffee you use.

Quick tips:

  • The more you shake, the more froth you’ll have.
  • Using coffee made with Nespresso gives you a massive amount of froth because Nespresso itself has lots of froth but the taste is open to discussion.
  • Adding a tiny amount of aquafaba (the water of cooked chickpea)in the shaker will cause more froth but make sure that the amount is not too much to affect the taste of your cocktail.
  • You can prefer garnishing your cocktail with grated chocolate, instead of coffee beans. I like them both so I choose whichever I want depending on my mood =)

Have you ever tried any other recipes for Espresso Martini? Please feel free to share your versions with me. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and tag me with your recipes so that I can try them and publish my comments here!

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