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How to prepare the best Espresso Martini

Challenge yourself with the preparation of the most famous and sumptuous coffee cocktail.

By Lavazza Team 2/3 minutes

Espresso Martini Recipe

Espresso Martini is an iconic drink invented in the 80’s by British bartender Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in London. They say the cocktail was originally requested by a model who wanted to turn her night around. Bradsell mixed vodka with espresso and coffee liqueur: that’s how the Espresso Martini was born.

When he first created one of his most renowned creations, he melted persistent coffee notes with a velvety and smooth chocolate taste, calling for Wyborowa vodka and Kahlua . Let’s see how to make Espresso Martini through the best Espresso Martini recipe!


All you need to prepare your Espresso Martini is a Moka pot, a cocktail shaker and a Martini glass.

As we are about to see, one of the benefits of this quick and easy homemade Espresso Martini recipe is that it requires only four ingredients.

  • 1 fl oz coffee
  • 1 fl oz vodka
  • 1 fl oz coffee liquor
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

To elevate your drink further, add a vanilla flavoured vodka for a distinct yet smooth flavour.


Follow these simple and quick steps for a mind-blowing, perfect Espresso Martini:

  • STEP 1 – Make the sugar syrup by placing the caster sugar in a small pan over a medium heat and pouring in 50ml water, stir and bring to the boil.
  • STEP 2(Optional) -  Place a few ice cubes in the glass for a few minutes while you prepare the drink and then discard before pouring the drink.
  • STEP 3 – Once the sugar syrup is cool, pour 1 tbsp. into the shaker along with the ice, vodka, coffee liqueur and coffee.Shake until the outside of the shaker feels icy cold.
  • STEP 4 – Strain into the chilled glasses and garnish.

The perfect presentation

Before straining your cocktail, ensure your glasses are chilled.

At this point, three espresso beans will make it look perfect, while floating on your Espresso Martini foam.

Now, all you need to do is to get ready to enjoy. Relax and imagine you are in your favourite lounge bar anywhere in the world. You may add as garnish, cocoa powder or a chocolate wafer.

The ideal coffee for this recipe

As the name itself suggests, the drink is supposed to be made with espresso coffee. Nevertheless, while instant coffee can be a choice in case you are in a hurry or just need to save time, and espresso powder can’t be compared to the real thing, it is highly recommended to use a stovetop moka pot.

Freshly brewed espresso of high quality coffee is definitely to be considered as the best option.

The ideal blend for this recipe is undoubtedly a full-bodied, intense one, such as the ¡Tierra! Bio Organic from Central and South America . It’s amazing Italian roast delivers an aromatic cup with a pleasant chocolaty aftertaste that perfectly fits the Espresso Martini.

As the result of the union of natural Brazilian Arabica and Robusta, Lavazza Qualità Rossa, with its full and enveloping flavour, is an ideal solution granting your drink a lingering boost.

Whether you consider it a prestigious digestif, a party cocktail or a night-time drink, all you need to know is that it just tastes absolutely delicious. Why not combining caffeine with alcohol? Just add a shot while brewing your Espresso Martini, and it will rock your night with that boozy magical powers that has been inebriating the nightlife since the 80ies!

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