Caffeinated Cocktails: Espresso Martini

For years now, brunch has been associated with one drink in particular; the mimosa. Mimosas are wildly successful at brunches because they mix two trendy ideas, breakfast food, and alcohol! However, mimosas have had more than enough time to shine, and we think it’s time for a new breakfast cocktail to take over; the Espresso Martini.

Created back in the 1980s by London bartender Dick Bradsell, the Espresso Martini has slowly but surely made its way to popularity. Nowadays, it stacks up pretty comparably to the mimosa as boozy brunch drinks go. Depending on how you make an Espresso Martini, calories can range from 100-300 per drink, right in the same range as a mimosa, so no worries there! 

Following the lead of mimosas, this drink combines one of the best parts of breakfast (coffee) with a hint of alcohol to create the perfect boozy pick-me-up that you’ve been looking for. So if you’re ready to reinvent brunch, and want to learn how to make this drink for yourself at home, keep reading!

Part 1: Espresso 

Before we even talk about making the cocktail, we should probably make sure you’re set on the coffee side of things. You might be able to order an Espresso Martini at some brunch places, but if you want to make it at home, you have to be able to make espresso first. 

Just like any good coffee, your espresso should start with high-quality, fresh-roasted coffee beans. Try your local coffee shop to find whole-bean espresso blends of coffee, or try a subscription with Amora to get fresh-roasted espresso beans sent directly to your door! 

Once you have your beans, make sure you can achieve the correct grind size from your coffee grinders. You should aim for finely ground coffee that looks similar to table salt. Now you’re ready to make some espresso!

You can learn how to make espresso at home with a variety of brewing methods, but unless you want to buy a fancy machine, you’ll probably want to check out our article on alternative espresso methods

You can find a number of different options for you in the above article, but we’ll use the French Press Method for simplicity’s sake, as it is one of the most common coffee makers at home.

French Press Espresso

Making French Press Espresso is similar to making regular coffee in a french press, with a few minor tweaks. While this method doesn’t use the traditional high-pressure preparation method that espresso machines utilize, it will make a great shot of espresso for your cocktail.

  1. Spoon about two tablespoons (roughly 30 grams of coffee) of finely ground espresso beans per every 6 ounces of water into the bottom of the french press.
  2. Separately boil your water to about 185º-205º, and gently pour over the coffee grounds. 
  3. Lightly mix the water and grounds, and let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes. 
  4. Slowly press the plunger down, and voila! Espresso. 

Part 2: The Cocktail

Now that you have your coffee set and ready to go, let’s prepare the drink itself! Thankfully, brewing espresso is probably the most challenging part of this recipe, so if you’ve made it this far, you’re well on your way. 

You’ll need a few ingredients to get you going:

  • A cocktail shaker
  • A martini glass
  • Ice
  • 1 ounce of Espresso
  • 2 ounces of Vodka
  • ½ ounce of Coffee liqueur

Once you have that all sorted, it’s time to get mixing! First, we’ll make a basic Espresso Martini before we show you our favorite variation. Both recipes are super simple, and you’re sure to be sipping on an espresso martini in no time. 

Basic Recipe

  1. Brew a one-ounce espresso shot, and put it into the freezer for a few minutes to chill.
  2. Once the espresso has adequately chilled, pour it into a chilled cocktail shaker filled with ice. 
  3. Add your vodka and coffee liqueur, and shake the mixture vigorously. This will ensure an excellent, creamy Espresso Martini!
  4. Strain the ice, and pour your cocktail into the martini glass. 
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Simple enough, right? Try making this recipe a few times, and adjust the flavors as needed. It might take a few times to find your perfect balance of coffee and alcohol, but once you find it, you might never drink another cocktail again. 

Once you’ve nailed this recipe, you might want to try one of the many variations out there as well! To get you started, try our favorite variation; the Chocolate Espresso Martini! It’s sweet, decadent, and a guaranteed hit at any party, day or night.

Chocolate Martini Recipe

To make this variation, you’ll have to switch up your ingredients slightly. Swap your regular vodka out for vanilla vodka, change your coffee liqueur to chocolate liqueur, and add some chocolate syrup to your shopping list. 

  1. Start by brewing your espresso and putting it in the freezer. If you’re in a pinch and absolutely can’t make espresso, try using cold brew concentrate instead! 
  2. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, and pour your chilled espresso shot, vanilla vodka, and over the top. 
  3. Shake the mixture vigorously for a few seconds.
  4. Drizzle chocolate syrup into the bottom of your martini glass before straining your cocktail mixture over the top. 
  5. Stir together, and add any decorative garnished you might want. Enjoy!


Whether you’re planning a coffee cocktail for your next brunch or just looking for a tasty cup of joe, Amora is the place to start. We deliver freshly roasted (using our perfected 9-step roasting process) coffee straight to your front door, without a middle man! Sign up today to start discovering the joys of coffee, the way it was meant to be. 


  • These recipes sound delicious!! I want one now!! Thank you!

    Carmelle Jean-Francois
  • First I do love Amora Coffee. I just don’t drink alcohol any more, never did much, ever. But, my alcohol of choice is RUM… Bacardi Rum… brought home to NH, from Barrachina’s, back in 1989. I just might try a little one, using of course rum. Especially the chocolate one sounds good. Like I said I don’t drink alcohol, but a long time ago on special occasions, I would have a liquored coffee… a real good quality, with heavy cream and whipped cream, not vodka… rum liquored coffee. Made with rum and a Caribbean flavored liquor.
    I love Amora’s flavored coffees. My next order will be the fine grind and the pumpkin, if Amora finally gets it back in stock.
    Come on Amore, give us back the pumpkin.

  • I wanna try it. It sounds so good.

    India Brooks
  • I wanna try it. It sounds so good.

    India Brooks
  • I can’t wait to try this!!!!!!


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