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Espresso Vanilla Martini Drink Recipe


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz espresso
  • 1 oz vanilla syrup
  • Ice
  • Espresso beans (for garnish)


  1. Brew the espresso and let it cool.
  2. In a shaker, combine the vodka, cooled espresso, vanilla syrup, and ice.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a few espresso beans.

What makes Espresso Vanilla Martini Cocktail drink special: The combination of espresso and vanilla syrup adds a unique flavor profile to the classic vodka martini, making it a perfect after-dinner drink. The espresso also adds a caffeine kick, making it a great pick-me-up cocktail.

History of the drink: The Espresso Martini was invented in the 1980s by a London bartender named Dick Bradsell. The story goes that a famous model asked for a drink that would “wake her up and then f*** her up”. Bradsell combined espresso, vodka, and a little sugar to create the drink we know today. The addition of vanilla syrup is a modern twist on the classic recipe.

10 FAQs:

  1. Can I use any type of vodka for this cocktail? Yes, you can use any type of vodka that you prefer.
  2. Can I use instant coffee instead of espresso? While you can use instant coffee, it won’t have the same rich and complex flavor as fresh espresso.
  3. What type of vanilla syrup should I use? You can use store-bought vanilla syrup or make your own by combining equal parts sugar and water with vanilla extract.
  4. Can I make this cocktail without a shaker? You can, but a shaker is recommended to ensure that the ingredients are properly mixed and chilled.
  5. Can I use decaf espresso? Yes, you can use decaf espresso if you prefer.
  6. Is this cocktail sweet? The sweetness of the cocktail can be adjusted based on the amount of vanilla syrup used.
  7. Can I use flavored vodka instead of plain vodka? While you can use flavored vodka, it may change the overall flavor profile of the cocktail.
  8. Can I make this cocktail in advance? It’s best to make this cocktail fresh to ensure that the flavors are at their best.
  9. Can I use a different type of glass for this cocktail? You can use a different type of glass, but a classic martini glass is recommended.
  10. Can I skip the espresso beans garnish? You can skip the garnish if you prefer, but it adds a nice touch and complements the flavor of the cocktail.

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