How to Make an Espresso Martini Like a True Mixologist
The Martini is an iconic cocktail, first mixed back in the 1800s (although the true origin of this staple cocktail is uncertain). It's smooth, strong, and classy — the perfect drink to order when you want to feel like a sophisticated adult. But sometimes, you just need something a little... extra. That's where the espresso martini comes in.
This coffee-flavored twist on the classic martini is perfect for when you need an extra boost of energy or just want something that tastes delicious.
If you're looking for the best espresso martini recipe, look no further than Sourced Craft Cocktails. Our experienced mixologists know how to craft a premium espresso martini with Baileys, and we're here to share our secrets with you!
What Is a Martini?
A martini is a cocktail made with gin or vodka and vermouth and sometimes also includes bitters. It is typically served with a garnish, like a lemon twist or an olive.
The classic martini is a simple drink, but its simplicity is what makes it so perfect. There are endless ways to mix it up and make it your own, which is why the martini has remained popular for over a century. Variations of this classic include the dirty martini (made with olive brine), the dry martini (made with less vermouth), and countless flavored options like the chocolate martini or the apple martini.
What is an espresso martini?
An espresso martini is a cocktail made with coffee-flavored liqueur, vodka, and espresso. It is typically served in a martini glass and is a great option for someone looking for an energy boost and a tasty drink all in one — while skipping the Red Bull and Vodka and other high-octane energy drink-based options.
A Delicious Variation: The Irish Espresso Martini
The traditional espresso martini is made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and espresso. The Irish espresso martini adds Bailey's Original Irish Cream to the mix for a creamy and delicious twist on the classic cocktail.
Through extensive testing and development, the team at Sourced can say with confidence that we prefer to add Bailey's to our espresso martini to add an additional layer of complexity and flavor.
Get Your Ingredients With Ease
If you are planning a party and want to offer Irish espresso martinis to your guest without the extra hassle, remember that Sourced offers an all-in-one package that includes:
- A 375ml of Vodka
- A 375ml of Baileys Original Irish Cream
- A bottle of the Irish Espresso Martini cocktail ingredients batched together for ease
- A jigger to help you measure out each cocktail
- A menu with instructions on how to mix your cocktail
- High-quality Sourced branded plastic cups
By partnering with Sourced Craft Cocktails, you can offer your guests a wide range of memorable and interesting cocktails without hunting down obscure ingredients and spending your day preparing your drink menu. We have you covered!
Making Your Own Espresso Martini
So now that we have covered the basics of what an espresso martini is, let's talk about some next-level mixology: what makes a great espresso martini?
First and foremost, you'll need high-quality ingredients. We recommend using Ketel One or Smirnoff vodka (and, for an Irish espresso martini, Baileys Original Irish Cream) for the perfect espresso martini.
Next, you'll need to make sure your espresso is nice and strong. A good rule of thumb is to use one ounce of espresso for every two ounces of vodka. If you don't have an espresso machine handy, you can also use very strong coffee or powdered espresso.
Once you have your ingredients sorted out, it's time to start mixing! Begin by adding ice to a shaker, then pour in your vodka, espresso, and Bailey's. Shake well and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with a coffee bean or a chocolate truffle, and enjoy!
A Step-By-Step Guide To The Espresso Martini
Here's the step-by-step for an Irish espresso martini. Omit the Baileys if you want a classic espresso martini.
- Combine 2 ounces of vodka, 1 ounce of espresso (you can substitute for cold brew, strong coffee, or even powdered coffee in a pinch), and your optional 1 ounce of Baileys in a shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted.
- Strain into a martini glass.
- Garnish with coffee beans (optional).
- Enjoy your delicious espresso martini!
- Repeat from step 1 as necessary
Common Questions About Espresso Martinis
These are just a few simple questions and answers about this delicious cocktail. If you have more questions, we encourage you to reach out to our team through our contact page — chat directly, email us, or submit your inquiry on the simple contact form.
Do espresso martinis have alcohol?
Yes, espresso martinis contain alcohol. They are typically made with vodka, which is a clear spirit with high alcohol content. Therefore, espresso martinis are not suitable for children or anyone who should avoid alcohol. Of course, you can always make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail by substituting the vodka for non-alcoholic coffee liqueur.
What liquor is best for an espresso martini?
The best liquor for an espresso martini is vodka. Vodka is a clear spirit with high alcohol content, and it mixes well with coffee-flavored liqueurs. If you are looking for a non-alcoholic option, you can always substitute the vodka for a non-alcoholic coffee liqueur to enjoy a classy, tasty pick-me-up without the booze — just remember that even without alcohol, there is plenty of caffeine, so keep all variations of this drink away from children!
At Sourced, we suggest Ketel One or Smirnoff Vodka and Bailey's Original Irish Cream for a high-quality cocktail with exceptional ingredients. Many people struggle to mix a perfect cocktail until they realize that they were starting with less-than-perfect ingredients, so to make your espresso martini like a pro, use the same quality ingredients that the professionals demand.
When should I order an espresso martini?
Espresso martinis are typically served as an after-dinner drink, but they can really be enjoyed at any time of day. If you are looking for a pick-me-up, an espresso martini is the perfect choice. The caffeine in the espresso will give you a boost of energy, while the alcohol will help you loosen up. Just be careful not to overdo it — too much caffeine can cause jitters, and too much alcohol can lead to impaired judgment.
Sourced Craft Cocktails Has Your Espresso Martini Needs Covered
If you are looking for a fun and festive cocktail to serve at your next party, an espresso martini is always a good choice. They are easy to make in large batches, and they are sure to be a hit with your guests! These cocktails are great for after a meal, as the starter cocktail for an evening of entertainment, or a great midday drink that won't put you to sleep.
No matter when or why you choose to enjoy an espresso martini, we hope that you will try our recipe and enjoy it as much as we do!