From martinis to vodka-based recipes, these 27 espresso cocktails are boozy, delicious ways to enjoy your morning cup of espresso; unlock all of them here!
There’s nothing like a good espresso to jumpstart your day or help you power through the afternoon slump.
But why stop there?
You can turn that humble cup of coffee into a sophisticated espresso cocktail with a few ingredients.
Espresso is also becoming increasingly popular as an ingredient in cocktails.
That’s right, cocktails!
Espresso cocktails are a terrific way to wake up your taste buds and boost your energy.
Keep reading to learn more about espresso cocktails and how to make them at home.
If you’re a coffee lover, chances are you’ve heard of espresso.
But what exactly is it?
Espresso is a coffee brewed using hot water that is forced through finely-ground coffee beans.
The result is a strong, concentrated coffee that has a thick layer of foam on top.
While it might sound complicated, making espresso at home is relatively easy–all you need is an espresso machine or a stovetop pot and some patience!
Making espresso cocktails is even easier.
Combine espresso with other ingredients such as liquor, cream, sugar, and spices to create a unique and flavorful drink.
Espresso martinis are the most popular espresso cocktail.
But there are plenty of other recipes you can try on this list.
Check out #25, as it’s a classic espresso cocktail with a fun twist.
No matter which recipe you choose, you’ll be sure to make an exquisite and energizing drink that will help you power through the day or night!
Look no further than the classic espresso martini if you’re after a decadent yet easy-to-make cocktail.
Well-balanced, this will surely be a crowd-pleaser at your next get-together.
To create an espresso martini, use a shaker with some ice cubes, regular or vanilla vodka, coffee liquor such as Kahlúa, creme de cacao, and of course, a shot of strong espresso.
Place everything but the espresso into the shaker and shake until well combined.
Add the shot of espresso last, then strain it into a martini glass.
For an extra special touch, why not add some espresso beans for garnish?
This rich and aromatic delight is definitely worth trying–cheers!
If you want to enjoy a rich and creamy cocktail that’s great for relaxing after a long day, look no further than the Insomniac.
This blend of espresso, Baileys, Kahlua, and half-and-half is sure to hit the spot every time.
The flavor combo is flawless–the intense flavor of espresso mingles with the sweet creaminess of Baileys and Kahlua for a delightful balance that’s rich enough for dessert yet light enough to sip any time.
With its delightful presentation featuring shaved chocolate on top and ground espresso beans sprinkled around the rim, the Insomniac cocktail looks as good as it tastes.
Best of all, no special bar equipment or skills are required—mix these ingredients in a shaker, and you have an unforgettable drink!
Savor it after every long day–it’s sure to help you unwind and let your worries melt away.
3. Dark Velvet
The combination of sweet and robust, the Dark Velvet cocktail is an elegant and delicious delight.
This intriguing mix of Amaretto liqueur for a bit of sweetness, dark rum for a bold kick, and cold brew coffee for a unique flavor experience—all balanced into one delightful drink.
Not too sweet, not too strong—it’s well-balanced with just the right subtlety and sophistication to make any occasion truly unforgettable.
Get ready for a coffee experience like no other!
Introducing the Creamy Hazelnut Espresso Martini: an indulgent blend of intense espresso, velvety cream, and sweet hazelnut liqueur.
This sophisticated cocktail is suitable for any occasion, whether you’re hosting an at-home happy hour or needing an after-dinner pick-me-up.
Imagine the aroma of freshly steeped espresso beans and the flavor combination of cold cream, liqueur, and just a touch of sweetness.
Every sip offers a unique taste adventure that tantalizes your taste buds even more with each sip.
Who doesn’t love a good espresso martini?
But why not step up the decadence and add some Baileys and Kahlua for an even more sensational version?
The taste is a blissful blend of sweet and creamy coffee with a little more oomph, thanks to the alcoholic kick.
Plus, it’s surprisingly uncomplicated to make and requires minimal ingredients that are likely already in your home bar.
So don’t wait–mix up this easy espresso martini recipe today and enjoy the ultimate in smooth comfort.
When it comes to tasty coffee-forward cocktails, the Chocolate Espresso Martini is definitely a fan favorite.
This treat offers an irresistible balance of sweet and bitter flavors, enlivened with just a hint of kick from the espresso.
First-timers may be hesitant to try it, but after the first sip, most discover this deliciously smooth libation is absolutely delightful!
While satisfying, the Chocolate Espresso Martini also pairs well with a range of snacks, from simple dark chocolate bars to something more indulgent like salted caramels.
As such, it’s no wonder why this cocktail has quickly become a popular way to kick off any evening—whether it’s a special occasion or not!
Who doesn’t love the majesticness of a homemade holiday cocktail?
This Eggnog Espresso Martini is at the top of everyone’s festive must-have list.
Fit for wrapping up a cozy evening or pouring yourself a little liquid courage before caroling, this wintry drink will have you feeling warm and merry in no time.
Start with your favorite eggnog; mix it with rum (or whiskey or vodka if rum isn’t your thing), coffee liqueur (Kahlua tastes the best), cold brew, espresso, vanilla extract, and heaps of festive cinnamon.
And remember to garnish it with freshly grated nutmeg to bring out all the terrific flavors.
Feeling festive as the holiday season approaches?
Enjoy a cozy Chai Espresso Martini, your ideal companion for these cold days!
Start with homemade vanilla chai and honey simple syrup mixed with the classic espresso martini ingredients of vodka, Kahlúa, and a shot of espresso.
Then, add a shot of coconut milk for an extra touch of creamy goodness–that’s the secret to making this martini truly special.
This Chilled Espresso Martini Recipe is designed to give you a robust espresso sip!
Combining espresso, coffee liquor, and vodka for a smooth, creamy flavor, we built it up with added Bailey’s Irish cream for an extra-special twist.
We cooled the mixture off with some ice for a blended texture, which ensures it’s not overly intense; this lightens it up just enough to knock it back easily in one sip.
Serve your chilled espresso martini in a specifically designed martini glass or whiskey tumbler—whichever you prefer—and garnish with maraschino cherry or chocolate shavings to make it even more delightful.
Meet the easiest and tastiest cocktail ever – the 3 Ingredient Dairy Free Espresso Martini.
This mix of espresso, vodka, and coconut creamer will take your next gathering up a notch.
It’s easy to see why this drink is popular in the world of cocktails–you can whip it up in just seconds using three simple ingredients.
Plus, this recipe is entirely dairy-free and uses ingredients found in most kitchens.
Whether hosting a summer party or simply winding down after a stressful day at work, this tasty treat is sure to be a hit.
With its robust espresso base and festive flavors of vanilla, chocolate, and peppermint, this classic cocktail adds a special touch to any holiday feast.
Plus, who can resist the delightful candy cane rim?
You can create this drink with ease by combining just a few ingredients like vodka, coffee liqueur, and peppermint schnapps.
Whether celebrating a special occasion or enjoying a night with loved ones, savoring this smooth beverage will ensure it ends on a high note.
If you like both the flavor of coffee and the kick of tequila, then look no further than this espresso martini.
This delightful cocktail is what you deserve after a tiring day at work–combining the creamy richness of Kahlua and Baileys with bold Patron Tequila and Arabica espresso.
It’s smooth, chocolaty, and filled with that kind of caffeine buzz that will ensure you stay on your toes all night long.
13. White Russian
Whether you want something special for a special occasion or just a cozy night in, our modern take on the classic White Russian Cocktail is sure to please.
This creamy beverage is an alcoholic drink ideal for coffee lovers, combining vodka and rich cream with freshly brewed espresso.
An extra dollop of creme de cacao adds a note of sweetness to the mix, resulting in an indulgent treat that packs a surprisingly smooth punch.
This creamy iced coffee cocktail is like no other–the seamless combination of sweetness, smoothness, and caffeine.
Served cold over ice and with a bit of sugar, this drink will give you a mid-afternoon boost.
To make this unique beverage, we’ve combined two kinds of rum to create a flavor between coffee ice cream and a Black Russian.
With dark and white rum blended together in one glass, you get a distinct yet surprisingly savory mix of ingredients.
You know it’s something special when the word ‘affogato’ is involved.
This blend of espresso and ice cream literally translates to ‘drowned,’ and we can assure you that this drink lives up to its name!
In our version, we use dark rum for an extra-special twist.
Serve in a glass mug or whiskey tumbler–whichever you prefer–and garnish with maraschino cherry or chocolate shavings to make it even more delightful.
If you’re looking for a unique and flavor-packed way to start your day, it’s time to head south of the border and sample the Carajillo.
Originating in Spain, this classic drink has gained immense popularity in Mexico.
It consists of espresso mixed with Licor 43, a delectable liqueur made with fruits, herbs, and vanilla.
The two ingredients blend together to create an utterly heavenly concoction–one sip is enough to make anyone swoon!
If you’re feeling adventurous, sprinkle some fresh ground cinnamon.
The subtle sweetness and delicate aftertaste will delight your taste buds as much as the light bitterness from the espresso.
17. Bourbon Wake-Up
The Bourbon Wake Up cocktail is a fun and creative way to start your day!
This extraordinary elixir combines the energizing effects of coffee with the sophisticated flavor of Kentucky bourbon whiskey.
This is a refreshing and flavorful cocktail that is sure to wake you up.
Enjoy this unique concoction whenever you want to treat yourself, especially on a leisurely Saturday morning.
If you’re looking for a brunch cocktail that packs a punch and looks as good as it tastes, then the Mocha Espresso Martini is it.
This beautiful, rich drink combines three favorites–espresso, chocolate, and vodka–all blended into one unique cocktail.
This sweet, creamy, indulgent Mocha Espresso Martini looks almost too good to drink.
Ideally suited for anyone wanting something special for their morning cocktail experience, this beverage will be the highlight of your brunch.
If you’re looking for an indulgent and boozy treat that won’t leave you feeling overly guilty, then the Keto Espresso Martini is the perfect tipple.
Combining rich espresso with vodka and lightly sweetened with fresh cream, it has everything you could want from an after-dinner drink.
With its high coffee content and a balanced hint of sweetness, it is strong enough to replace your afternoon coffee cuppa yet light enough to sip without feeling like you’ve just had a whole meal in one glass.
20. Wake-Up Call
This winter, we decided to give our caffeine fix a hearty upgrade by turning it into a mouthwatering espresso Martini with a twist.
Mixing strong, freshly brewed Colombian coffee with Trinidad-grown cask-aged rum and smoky chili bitters creates an intoxicating cocktail that packs quite a punch.
We can vouch that this drink is sure to raise winter spirits.
This unique concoction brings you the warm fuzzies of your favorite cup of joe, and because it includes rum and spices, it also adds an extra layer of holiday cheer.
Friday night calls for something special, and that’s where the Caramel Espresso Martini comes in.
With a blend of HiLine Coffee espresso, caramel vodka, cream, and thick caramel syrup, this cocktail takes coffee and cocktails to a new level.
Whether it’s after dinner or a pick-me-up you’re after, one sip of these Caramel Espresso Martinis will confirm why they should be your Friday night go-to.
The Italian Espresso Martini is a yummy cocktail to indulge in at the end of a hectic day or to elevate an intimate night in.
Taking its cue from the classic Italian espresso, this martini fuses cold-brew espresso with the sweetness of vodka and just a touch of grated dark chocolate for good measure.
The result is a sophisticated tipple that’s sure to please all palates.
If you’re looking for something tasty and unique to add to your next celebration, the Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
This sublime twist on an old classic combines some seasonal favorites—pumpkin spice and espresso—with vodka and a splash of cream.
It’s sure to please everyone with its creamy texture, rich flavor, and slightly sweet finish.
And if you’d like an extra kick, why not give it a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg?
A Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini will surely be welcomed at any brunch or gathering, especially as a warming pick-me-up later in the evening.
Crafted from the combination of coffee, Kahlúa, vodka, and sugar, this delightful martini makes an excellent nightcap.
When blended together correctly, the taste is rich and velvety, with a nice kick that adds just enough stimulation.
If this is your first time making one, don’t be intimidated!
While its complexity may appear intimidating initially, making an incredible espresso martini is relatively easy.
This smooth sipper must indeed be added to your after-dinner drink repertoire.
This cold, invigorating drink is a magnificent accompaniment to your evening date night–and let’s be honest, who doesn’t need a little pick me up during this already-long month?
The wonderful thing about our Amaro Amare coffee cocktail (besides its deliciousness) is that it’s elementary to make.
This caffeine jolt will inspire feelings of love and passion.
So go ahead, whip up a batch of our signature Amaro Amare coffee cocktail, sit back and relax while you enjoy all it has to offer.
If you’re looking for a unique drink to share with friends, try the Kentucky Espresso Martini!
This sophisticated spin on a classic espresso martini is made with bourbon, cold brew coffee, maple syrup, and bitters.
Not only does this combination of ingredients create a surprisingly smooth taste sensation that your friends will love, but the addition of maple syrup also offers a hint of sweetness.
27. Vodka Espresso
Have you ever dreamed of a drink with the essence of espresso and the smoothness of vodka?
If so, then you’re in luck!
Vodka espresso is an incredible concoction that hums your taste buds.
Using quality espresso and vodka, this simple yet flavorful combo packs a punch by combining the bittersweet espresso with a mellow hint of vodka for extra depth.
The bottom line
Not only are these espresso cocktails superb—they’re also straightforward to make at home with a few simple ingredients.
So, next time you’re in the mood for something special, ditch the plain old cup of joe and mix up one of these bad boys instead.
You won’t regret it!
- Frothy Espresso Martini
- Insomniac Cocktail
- Dark Velvet
- Creamy Hazelnut Espresso Martini
- Espresso Martini With Baileys
- Chocolate Espresso Martini
- Eggnog Espresso Martini With Rum
- Chai Espresso Martini
- Chilled Espresso Martini
- Dairy Free Espresso Martini
- Peppermint Espresso Martini
- Tequila Espresso Martini
- White Russian
- Brazilian Coffee Cocktail
- Affogato Cocktail
- Bourbon Wake-Up
- Mocha Espresso Martini
- Keto Espresso Martini
- Wake-Up Call
- Caramel Espresso Martinis
- Italian Espresso Martini
- Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini Cocktail
- Kahlua Espresso Martini
- Amaro Amore Coffee Cocktail
- Kentucky Espresso Martini
- Vodka Espresso
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