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Espresso Martini

The perfect Friday night pick-me-up, this heady mix of freshly brewed espresso, coffee liqueur, vodka and simple syrup will have you up and dancing in no time.

Espresso Martini

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Recipe by Marti Cuatt Course: Cocktail HourDifficulty: Easy


Prep time


Shake and strain



The perfect cocktail to kick off the weekend.

You will need

  • 50 ml simple syrup – see note below

  • 120 ml vodka

  • 60 ml freshly brewed espresso coffee

  • 60 ml coffee liqueur (such as Kahlua)

  • 3 coffee beans per glass for garnish (optional)

Here’s what to do

  • Start by making the sugar syrup. Put the caster sugar in a small pan over a medium heat and pour in 50ml water. Stir, and bring to the boil.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Put 2 martini glasses in the fridge to chill.
  • Once the sugar syrup is cold, pour 1 tbsp into a cocktail shaker along with a handful of ice, the vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur. Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold.
  • Strain into the chilled glasses. Garnish each one with coffee beans if you like.

Tips and tricks

  • Simple syrup is so easy to make at home. Just add equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer about five minutes, then allow to cool before pouring into an airtight jar or bottle.

    You can make a lighter syrup by adding 1 part sugar to 2 parts sugar.

    It keeps 3-6 months in the fridge.

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