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Espresso Martini with Baileys

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Espresso Martini with Baileys is a simple four-ingredient dessert cocktail. This basic recipe makes the perfect after-dinner drink for coffee lovers like me!

In addition to this coffee cocktail, try our Apple Cider Martinis or Chocolate Martinis next.

Two glasses of espresso martinis with a chocolate rim.

Creamy Espresso Martini

A classic espresso martini excludes the Baileys and uses a touch of simple syrup instead. However, including the Irish cream liqueur is next level for an extra creamy flavor. This is definitely a new favorite at our home.

This martini is usually served AFTER dinner – for dessert. But there are no rules so sip it when you wish!

Why we LOVE this Delicious Cocktail:

  • ESPRESSO FLAVOR – This cocktail shines with flavors of the coffee, which we love.
  • FOR IRISH CREAM LOVERS – The creamy Baileys is SO delicious, as always.
  • MAKES AN ELEGANT COCKTAIL – Date night here we come!
Overhead view of two espresso martinis on a gray background.

What You’ll Need:

Simple ingredients for the perfect cocktail.

  • Espresso – I recommend using fresh espresso from an espresso machine (linked below). For best results, avoid using instant espresso powder for these.
  • Vodka – Use a regular vodka.
  • Kahlua Coffee Liqueur – Another key ingredient to enhance the rich coffee flavor.
  • Baileys – You can use different variations of Baileys Irish cream.
The ingredients for the martinis in small jars, labeled.

How to make this Creamy Espresso Martini Recipe:

Step 1
Make the espresso. If you have an espresso maker, it’s ideal for this recipe. In a pinch, you can use cold brew concentrate for that strong coffee taste. Chill before combining.

Step 2
Measure ingredients. Measure out all of the ingredients and add to a cocktail shaker (or mason jar).

Step 3
Chill. If time allows, place the cocktail shaker in the refrigerator to chill.

Step 4
Prep glasses. Add some cocoa powder and powdered sugar to a small plate and combine well. Add some drizzles of chocolate syrup to another plate. Then dip the top of the glass in the chocolate syrup followed by the dry cocoa mixture.

Step 5
Shake in a cocktail shaker or mason jar. Add some ice cubes to the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.

A jar of the martinis with ice next two empty glasses.

Step 6
Pour and serve. Pour the espresso martinis in your favorite martini glasses. Add a dusting of the cocoa powder/powdered sugar mixture to the tops of the martinis. Serve immediately.

Side view of a bottle of Baileys in the background.

Recipe FAQs

What liqueur is best for an espresso martini?

Vodka and Kahlua are standard liqueurs for an espresso martini. Baileys can be added for an extra creamy and rich flavor.

What can I substitute for vodka in an espresso martini?

If you want to make a gin espresso martini, simply use neutral-flavored gin instead of vodka.

How do you get a thick creamy top on my espresso martinis?

Add a little bit of Baileys and half and half to a milk frother and froth. Add to espresso martinis.

Two glasses of espresso martinis on a gray background.

xoxo ~Sue

Side view of two espresso martinis with a chocolate drip.

Espresso Martini with Baileys

Espresso Martini with Baileys is a simple four-ingredient dessert cocktail. This basic recipe makes the perfect after-dinner drink for coffee lovers like me!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 martinis
Calories: 521kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. espresso – or strong coffee
  • 4 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. Kahlua
  • 2 oz. Bailey's Irish cream
  • simple syrup as needed

Instructions

  • Make the espresso. If you have an espresso maker, it’s ideal for this recipe. In a pinch, you can use cold brew concentrate for that strong coffee taste. Chill before combining.
  • Measure ingredients. Measure out all of the ingredients and add to a cocktail shaker (or mason jar).
  • Chill. If time allows, place the cocktail shaker in the refrigerator to chill.
  • Prep glasses. Add some cocoa powder and powdered sugar to a small plate and combine well. Add some drizzles of chocolate syrup to another plate. Then dip the top of the glass in the chocolate syrup followed by the dry cocoa mixture.
  • Shake in a cocktail shaker or mason jar. Add some ice cubes to the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour and serve. Pour the espresso martinis in your favorite martini glasses. Add a dusting of the cocoa powder/powdered sugar mixture to the tops of the martinis. Serve immediately.

Notes

To get a frothy top, add a little bit of Baileys and half and half to a milk frother and froth. 

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 0.01mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 2008mg | Sugar: 19g | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg
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2 Comments

  1. Delicious! We made in a batch, as a post-dinner drink for New Year’s Eve. Great flavor and enjoyed by all…yummy!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so happy to hear this, Janene!

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