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  • Writer's pictureAlyce Lopez


Today I'm sharing my perfected Espresso Martini recipe as well as my favorite coupe glasses to make sure this drink impresses your guests and your palate!

If you've been following along, you know I may be what some people call "high maintenance" when it comes to cocktails. I appreciate a fresh pressed juice always and believe every drink needs a garnish. However, I am also a simpleton! Yes, you can be both. I don't love to overcomplicate when it's not necessary and honestly, my "default" drink is always a Tito's vodka soda with lime or a Casamigo's Reposado Tequila soda with lime. See, simple, right? I promise, it's not that complicated.

I tried my very first espresso martini just a few years ago and I was hooked. Obviously, I love coffee and vodka, so why had I never thought to mix the two? But first you'll need a set of coupe glasses. A traditional espresso martini is always served in a coupe or a martini glass. I personally prefer the coupe glass. HERE are the ones I scoured the internet for and fell in love with. They are so versatile and can be used for any martini or champagne. These are a staple in our bar.

This recipe is SUPER easy and there are a couple options if you do not have an espresso machine or a Nespresso machine. I've seen these made using Kirkland Signature Iced Coffee and Starbucks Unsweetened Iced Coffee and they taste just as yummy.

I like to make ours for dinner guests and I use decaf espresso pods from my Nespresso machine. I just let them chill before I shake them so I don't melt my ice too much. But they're fairly strong; so if you melt a little ice they'll survive. Fail proof, I promise!


  • 2 ounces of vodka

  • 1/2 ounce Kahlua

  • 1/4 ounce of simple syrup

  • 1.5 ounces of iced espresso of your choice

  • Espresso beans/star anise for garnish


Shake, shake, shake with a shaker full of ice. This is how you get the frothy goodness. So the more you shake the better it will look once you strain it. I like to strain and then use a spoon to scoop off some of the remaining froth. And of course it's all in the garnish. Garnish with 3 coffee beans. During the holidays I like to garnish with a Star Anise for some extra pizzazz.

That's all folks! I promise these will not disappoint! They are always a crowd pleaser and a great way to start an evening after a long week. Cheers!

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