The Secret to Making the Perfect Coffee Martini




Recipe for Cold Brew Martini

  • Large handful of ice cubes
  • ¾ oz/20 ml vodka
  • 1 ½ oz/40 ml coffee liqueur
  • 2 ¼ oz/60 ml cold brew coffee
  • A couple of coffee beans, to garnish
  • A twist of lemon zest, to garnish


Recipe for Espresso Martini

  • Large handful of ice cubes
  • 1 ½ oz/40 ml vodka
  • 1 ½ oz/40 ml coffee liqueur
  • 1 ½ oz/40 ml espresso (i.e. almost a double shot)
  • A few coffee beans, to garnish
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The Secret to Making the Perfect Coffee Martini

The next time you’re hosting an elegant event, such as a summer garden party or candlelit supper, why not serve coffee martinis after your guests have dined? Coffee’s richness and vodka’s tang are tempered by the sweetness of coffee liqueur in these chilled alcoholic treats, which not only stimulate witty repartee but also score highly in the style stakes.

Our coffee martini recipes are exciting alternatives to the well-known vodka martini (itself a variation on a classic drink, the gin martini). For your coffee cocktail, will you choose smooth cold brew or its bolder cousin, espresso? You can easily achieve the perfect strength and flavour with our Bean Cold Brew Coffee Maker (which benefits from the French press brewing system) or Chambord® Stovetop Espresso Maker (more stylish and simpler to use than an espresso machine).

Superb coffee shines alongside premium vodka, such as Grey Goose. Both work well with the sweet notes in Kahlúa coffee liqueur, but feel free to experiment with different brands. As with all alcoholic beverages, please enjoy coffee cocktails in moderation.

Food and drink resource The Spruce Eats has tips for shaking cocktails properly. You’ll find that preparing a cold brew martini or espresso martini is almost as reinvigorating as sipping one. Grab a cocktail shaker and let off some steam as you mix the ingredients!

Step by Step

Recipe for Cold Brew Martini

  1. Place a stylish glass in your refrigerator to chill. Add the ice cubes to a cocktail shaker (you want the shaker to be nearly full).
  2. Next add the vodka, coffee liqueur and cold brew coffee to the shaker. Shake vigorously for about 10-20 seconds: this will ensure that the ingredients are chilled and blended together thoroughly, as well as giving the cold brew martini an appealingly frothy top. Top tip: We recommend shaking until the outside of the shaker feels icy cold. At that point, you can be confident that the drink is well mixed
  3. Remove the glass from your refrigerator. Pour the cold brew martini into it through the shaker’s strainer and a fine mesh sieve, so that no ice chips reach the glass. Garnish with the coffee beans and lemon zest for extra zing!

Top tip: When making more than one serving, it’s easy to calculate the correct quantities for the liquid ingredients. You just need to keep in mind that this cold brew martini recipe calls for one part vodka, two parts coffee liqueur and three parts cold brew coffee.

Recipe for Espresso Martini

  1. Select an attractive glass and chill it in your refrigerator. Fill a cocktail shaker almost to the top with the ice cubes.
  2. Next add the vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso to the shaker. Shake vigorously for about 10-20 seconds. Stop when the shaker’s exterior feels icy cold.
  3. Now that the espresso martini has been chilled and thoroughly blended, it’ll be beautifully frothy and ready to serve. Remove the glass from the refrigerator. Pour the drink into it through the shaker’s strainer and a fine mesh sieve for optimum smoothness.
  4. Garnish the espresso martini’s foamy top with the coffee beans for the perfect finishing touch.

Top tip: If you’d like to prepare a larger quantity while keeping the liquid ingredients in the correct proportions, simply remember that you need one part vodka, one part coffee liqueur and one part espresso.

Exceed Expectations with Your Coffee Martinis

These delicious drinks are bound to exceed even the highest expectations when you adopt the following approach. We believe it’s the secret to making perfect coffee martinis.

·      Use fresh coffee and a generous amount of ice for the best, most refreshing taste.

·      Shake the ingredients with plenty of energy – that’s the key to achieving a balanced flavour profile and the distinctive froth associated with coffee martinis.

·      Choose a coffee liqueur with an appropriate level of sweetness for your preferences. If you enjoy sweet treats, Kahlúa is an excellent choice. By contrast, the taste of Tia Maria is more subtly sweet.

Keep those points in mind when preparing cold brew martinis or espresso martinis and you’ll soon feel like a master bartender!

Expertly Designed Drinkware for Every Occasion

We’re proud to design and produce attractive, high-quality drinkware for all occasions. Among our recent additions are the lightweight yet durable Oktett Martini Glasses, which are ideal for serving coffee cocktails in style. Alternatively, for a quirkier touch, try the eye-catching Titlis Double Wall Glasses – they’re sure to turn heads.

We’d love to hear which Bodum® glasses are your favourites and how you get on with the coffee martini recipes – feel free to share your thoughts on our Facebook page.


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