The Perfect Espresso Martini Recipe

Coffee Until Wine

OK, so sure that’s a little reductive…but, um, I really love my coffee and my wine.

I also really like my PJs and my couch and my bathtub, because I’m 34 not 24. 94% of the time, I’m in bed before 11:30, with most of the time that being even before 11.

But that other 6%…

That other 6%, my friends…

Well, most of it happens out in the Hamptons, where I pretend like I’m 24, not 34, and stay out late dancing.

I used to be the kind of person who would be having fun and then suddenly hit that exhausted switch and need to go home LIKE STAT.

And then I was introduced to espresso martinis.

I’ve been experimenting with them lately at home and thought this would be a fun Friday post to share.

Espresso Martini Recipe

It’s Friday night and the gang’s all here.

There are a million complex ways to make them..but I’m not a very complex girl, especially in the kitchen, so here’s how I made them.

Espresso Martini Recipe

Espresso Martini Recipe

(Based on Jamie Oliver’s recipe)

Espresso Martini Recipe


  • 1 shot vodka (I used Tito’s)
  • 1/2 shot coffee liqueur (I used Bailey’s because it’s what I named my dog after)
  • 1 shot espresso (I used Gourmesso fair-trade coffee and yup, totally made the espresso at work and brought it home because I don’t have a Nespresso … yet? )
  • Ice
  • Ice baby.


Pour it all in a martini shaker; shake.

Garnish with coffee beans.

Espresso Martini

I have literally no idea where this penguin martini shaker came from, by the way. Someone left it at my apartment, oh, 10 years ago? If you’re reading this, you can totally have it back?

Tell me: how do you keep rallying when you’re tired? [This particular life hack comes in handy best after a big dinner

4 comments on “The Perfect Espresso Martini Recipe

  1. katie

    If i know i’m going to have a late night I have a 3 pm coffee at work. As for rallying at night…I think I’ve given up. I’m more of a late night red wine drinker, or if I’m at a bar with a decent beer list then I look to the coffee porters.


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