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Coffee Meets Cocktails: The Student’s Espresso Martini Recipe

Espresso Martinis – the drink that whispers, “I’m elegant, I’m tasty, and I’m more sophisticated than your average cup of Joe.” It’s the ultimate go-to when you want to feel like a suave secret agent, especially if you’re sitting at a bar, casually twirling your hair and making eyes at everyone who walks by.

Now, a little background – my family is a bunch of globe-trotting espresso martini enthusiasts. We’ve sipped our way through Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Cozumel, and Haiti. But it was Barbados that truly stole my heart and my taste buds. With complete confidence, I can declare that this little island paradise served up the best espresso martini I’ve ever had. It was as smooth as a silk tuxedo, as sweet as a love letter, and had an aftertaste that was like a coffee cuddling with hints of toffee. This drink is not just a pick-me-up; it’s a “pick-me-up-and-then-some.” You absolutely must try it.

Now, you might think that crafting an espresso martini is as intricate as solving a Rubik’s Cube while blindfolded, but it’s easier than you’d imagine. It only requires three simple ingredients and a special skill – the art of shaking. Yes, the secret to a perfect espresso martini is in the shake, baby! Shake it like you’re trying to win a dance-off with your cocktail shaker, and make sure to froth it up for at least 20 seconds.

So, for all you psychos out there who haven’t already mastered the art of crafting this caffeinated masterpiece, here’s a recipe to get you started. And credit where credit is due, this recipe is adapted from the espresso martini maestros over at Kahlú


  • Ice Cubes
  • 1 part Kahlúa Original
  • 1 part Vodka
  • 1 part Espresso


  • Fill your cocktail shaker with ice – the more, the merrier!
  • Pour in the Kahlúa Original, vodka, and espresso.
  • Shake it like you’re summoning the coffee spirits for about 20 seconds.
  • Strain your concoction into a chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with 3 coffee beans or some fancy chocolate shavings if you’re feeling extra.

There you have it, folks – the Espresso Martini, where sophistication meets caffeination, and mystery is just one twirl away. Cheers to sipping in style and stirring up the fun! 🍸✨

*also you might be wondering why you garnish with 3 coffee beans- the old saying is that one is for health, one is for wealth and one is for happiness- meaning espresso martinis will make you rich, healthy, and happy (what a deal!)

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