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3 Ingredient Espresso Martini Recipe (V, DF)

Last Updated on October 11, 2023

Espresso Martini is a classic espresso cocktail reimagined for coffee and alcohol lovers.

This coffee alcohol drink combines espresso coffee and vodka with a touch of sweetness.

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With bold flavors of coffee liqueurvodka, and rich expresso coffee flavor, this delightful coffee martini will satisfy your craving for coffee and cocktails at the same time.

Espresso Martini Cocktail Recipe

The Espresso Martini, a sophisticated fusion of coffee and alcohol, has quickly gained fame in the cocktail world.

Conceived by legendary British bartender Dick Bradsell in the late 1980s, this caffeinated concoction quickly gained popularity among London’s high-end bars and nightclubs.

As years passed, the Espresso Martini became synonymous with style and indulgence across continents.

Today it’s a must-have on cocktail menus worldwide – from upscale restaurants to trendy rooftop bars.

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In response to evolving dietary choices, mixologists have adapted the drink for those seeking dairy-free alternatives without compromising taste or quality.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The combination of vodka, simple syrup, and bitter coffee adds an extra layer of flavor.
  • 3 ingredients and easy to whip up.
  • Rich, creamy, and packed with caffeine.
  • You can embrace everything festive with a frothy Espresso Martini.


To make the perfect vegan and dairy-free coffee martini, you will need a few simple ingredients and tools.

First, you’ll need good-quality coffee or espresso that’s freshly brewed or made from espresso powder.

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As for the tools required, you’ll need a cocktail shaker to mix all of these ingredients together smoothly. A jigger is also important to measure out the precise amounts of each ingredient.

To create the perfect dairy-free version, you will need freshly brewed coffee, vodka, coffee liqueur, and ice cubes.


Most Espresso Martinis are made with Baileys (Irish cream) or Kahlúa (or Kahlua).

For this recipe, we use dairy-free coffee liqueur – Tia Maria cold brew concentrate. 

vegan coffee liqueur

It is a popular beverage choice for individuals who are lactose intolerant, vegan, or simply prefer dairy-free options.

This liqueur is made using a blend of Jamaican rum, vanilla, and Arabica coffee, and the original formula also includes cream as an ingredient.

However, with the rise of dairy-free options, Tia Maria and other coffee liqueur brands have adapted to use non-dairy cream alternatives or completely removed cream from their recipe.


When it comes to making an espresso martini, the choice of vodka can make a big difference in the overall taste and quality of the cocktail.

It is recommended to choose a premium or high-quality vodka for this type of cocktail, as it will provide a smoother and more luxurious finish. 

Some popular vodka brands for espresso martinis include Grey GooseBelvedere, and Absolut.

Another important factor to consider is the alcohol content. A vodka with a higher alcohol content will provide a stronger kick, which can help to balance the sweetness of the cocktail.

However, it is important to remember that too much alcohol content can overpower the other ingredients and ruin the balance of the cocktail.

The ideal alcohol content for an espresso martini is around 40% ABV.

Ultimately, the choice of vodka for an espresso martini comes down to personal preference.

Some may prefer a smooth and mellow vodka, while others may opt for a vodka with a slightly more robust flavor and higher alcohol content.

Regardless of which vodka is chosen, it is important to use high-quality ingredients and to balance the ratio of each ingredient in the cocktail to achieve the perfect espresso martini. 

Simple Syrup (Optional)

If you have a sweet tooth, you can add some demerara syrup (sugar and water) or maple syrup.

Coffee Beans

You’ll need three coffee beans per serving for garnish.

Espresso Machine to Make Fresh Espresso

For the highest quality, we’d recommend using an espresso machine to make freshly made espresso.

However, if you don’t have an espresso machine, sure to use instant coffee. You can also use decaf espresso if you prefer.


To create a delicious vegan and dairy-free espresso cocktail, follow a few key steps.

original espresso martini recipe

First, gather your ingredients and tools, including cold brew or freshly brewed espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur.

  1. Add all of your ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds until well combined and chilled.
  3. Strain your mixture into a chilled martini glass to ensure no bits of ice or ground are left in the drink.
  4. Top your martini with three coffee beans to finish.

Exciting Variations Of Dairy-Free Espresso Martini

From a creamy option for a richer taste to a simple 3-ingredient recipe to using oat milk for an extra velvety texture – there’s something for everyone.

This variation of the classic cocktail uses plant-based milk or creamer to provide that velvety texture without any dairy products.

For this recipe, you can use vanilla almond milk or coconut cream for an extra indulgent treat.

Don’t be afraid to play around with different nut milks or non-dairy creamers until you find the perfect combination for your taste buds.

Tips For Making A Perfect Espresso Martini

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🍸 Choosing The Right Coffee And Espresso Shot

When making a delicious vegan and dairy-free Espresso Martini, choosing the right coffee and espresso shot is crucial. The type of coffee used will significantly impact your drink’s flavor.

For those who prefer a stronger taste, instant espresso powder can also work. As for your espresso shot, aim for one with a bold flavor profile. This will give your cocktail more depth and complexity.

🍸 Understanding The Difference Between Plant-based Milk And Cream

Plant-based milk is often lighter and less creamy than traditional dairy cream, but that doesn’t mean it can’t work just as well in a cocktail.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for an even richer and creamier vegan option, non-dairy creams like coconut cream or cashew cream.

🍸 Proper Measurements And Shaking Techniques

It’s critical to follow proper measurements and shaking techniques.

Start by adding vodka, freshly brewed espresso, coffee liqueur, and sweetener of choice (sugar or maple syrup) to a shaker with ice.

Next, shake vigorously for 20 seconds until the mixture is thoroughly combined and chilled.

Strain the cocktail into a chilled Martini glass using a fine strainer to remove any ice crystals or small particles.

A successful shake will result in velvety foam on top of the drink that holds together well when poured.

Serving And Enjoying Your Espresso Martini

Chill your martini glasses in the freezer for at least 10 minutes to give your drink a crisp, refreshing taste.

🍹 Glassware Suggestions And Garnishing Options

The type of glassware you use can make a significant difference in the presentation and overall drinking experience.

A classic choice is a stemmed Martini glass. This helps to keep the drink chilled while showing off its rich color and silky texture.

When it comes to garnishing, there are plenty of options to choose from depending on your preferences.

One popular option is cocoa powder or cacao nibs sprinkled over the top of the drink.

This adds an intense chocolate flavor that complements the coffee liqueur beautifully. You could also try topping it with whipped coconut cream or coconut flakes for an exotic touch.

🍹 Ideal Serving Temperatures And Storage Tips

The ideal serving temperature for a vegan and dairy-free espresso martini is 35-40°F. This means that the drink should be served chilled but not too cold so that it numbs the taste buds.

As for storage tips, if you have the leftover cocktail mixture, store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator. You can keep it fresh for up to two days after preparation.

If you prefer to make larger batches of espresso martinis ahead of time, avoid adding ice to the mixture. This could dilute your drink over time once stored.

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The variations are endless, from a simple 3-ingredient recipe to a rich and creamy version with vegan coffee liqueur.

Understanding the proper techniques and measurements is key to crafting the perfect dairy-free espresso martini.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is it difficult to make an espresso martini without dairy products?

No, it is fairly easy to make a vegan and dairy-free espresso martini. You simply need to replace the cream with a non-dairy milk alternative such as coconut milk or almond milk.

2. What ingredients do I need for a vegan espresso martini?

To make a vegan and dairy-free espresso martini, you will need vodka, coffee liqueur, freshly brewed espresso (cooled), ice cubes, and your preferred non-dairy milk substitute.

3. Can I use any non-dairy milk substitute in my espresso martini?

Yes! Any plant-based milk can be used instead of dairy cream in this recipe. Some popular options include coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk.

4. How should I serve my vegan and dairy-free espresso martinis?

You can serve your vegan and dairy-free espresso martinis straight up (without ice) or over ice depending on your personal preference.

Garnish with coffee beans or cocoa powder for added flair!

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Best Espresso Martini Recipe (V, DF)

The best Espresso Martini recipe – made with just 3 ingredients, this is the perfect coffee cocktail for any occasion!
5 from 17 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 serving
Calories: 124kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN


  • oz espresso 3 tbsp, chilled
  • oz Tia Maria coffee liqueur 3 tbsp
  • oz vodka 3 tbsp
  • sweetener *optional


  • 6 pc coffee beans garnish


  • Add all of your ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously for 20 seconds until well combined and chilled.
  • Strain your mixture into a chilled martini glass to ensure no bits of ice or grounds are left in the drink.
  • Top your martini with three coffee beans to finish.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 0.04g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 25mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 0.4mg | Iron: 0.03mg

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