How to Make Espresso Martini: A Step-by-Step Guide
1. Gather Ingredients and Equipment
Before you start making your espresso martini, it’s important to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients and equipment. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 shot of fresh espresso (1.5 oz)
- 1.5 oz vodka
- 1 oz Kahlúa or other coffee liqueur
- 1 oz simple syrup (optional)
- Espresso machine or moka pot
- Cocktail shaker
- Martini glass
Make sure to have all of these items on hand before you begin, as they are essential for making a delicious espresso martini. With these ingredients and equipment, you’re ready to move on to the next step in the process.
2. Brew Fresh Espresso
The key to a great espresso martini is using fresh, high-quality espresso. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can use a moka pot to brew strong coffee that can mimic espresso.
To brew fresh espresso, follow these steps:
Fill the water reservoir of your espresso machine or moka pot with cold water.
Grind your coffee beans to a fine grind.
Add the ground coffee to the portafilter or coffee basket of your espresso machine, or to the top compartment of your moka pot.
Pack the coffee tightly using a tamper or the back of a spoon.
Place the portafilter or coffee basket into the machine, or place the top compartment onto the base of the moka pot.
Turn on the espresso machine or place the moka pot on the stove over medium heat.
Wait for the espresso or coffee to brew, which should take about 20-30 seconds for espresso and a few minutes for coffee.
Once your espresso is brewed, you’re ready to move on to the next step and start making your espresso martini.
3. Prepare Martini Glass and Cocktail Shaker
Before you start mixing your espresso martini, you’ll need to prepare your martini glass and cocktail shaker.
To prepare the martini glass, follow these steps:
Place the martini glass in the freezer for at least 10 minutes to chill.
Remove the glass from the freezer and pour a small amount of cold water into it.
Swirl the water around the glass to coat the inside, then pour out the water.
Place the glass on a clean towel to dry and chill until you’re ready to serve.
To prepare the cocktail shaker, follow these steps:
Fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
Add the brewed espresso, vodka, coffee liqueur, and simple syrup (if using).
Close the shaker and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds to chill and mix the ingredients.
Set the shaker aside until you’re ready to strain and serve the cocktail.
With your martini glass and cocktail shaker prepared, you’re now ready to mix and shake your espresso martini.
4. Mix and Shake the Cocktail
Now that you have your ingredients and equipment ready, it’s time to mix and shake your espresso martini.
To mix and shake the cocktail, follow these steps:
Take your prepared cocktail shaker and add the fresh espresso, vodka, coffee liqueur, and simple syrup (if using).
Close the shaker and give it a vigorous shake for about 10 seconds.
The shake will help to froth up the espresso and create a nice texture for your cocktail.
Once you’ve shaken the cocktail, set the shaker aside and move on to the next step.
Note: Be sure not to over-shake the cocktail, as this can dilute the flavor and texture.
With your espresso martini mixed and shaken, it’s time to move on to the next step and strain the cocktail.
5. Strain and Serve the Espresso Martini
The final step in making your espresso martini is to strain and serve the cocktail.
To strain and serve the cocktail, follow these steps:
Take your prepared martini glass out of the freezer and remove any excess water.
Take your prepared cocktail shaker and remove the top.
Using a strainer, pour the contents of the shaker into the chilled martini glass.
The strainer will catch any ice or coffee grounds, ensuring a smooth and silky texture for your cocktail.
Garnish the cocktail with a few coffee beans or a twist of lemon peel, if desired.
Your espresso martini is now ready to enjoy! Serve it immediately, while it’s still cold and frothy.