Espresso Martini

The ever popular Espresso Martini is fast becoming a cocktail classic. As with almost all classics there is plenty of conjecture and debate around what makes the perfect Espresso Martini; Vodka or Gin based, espresso, instant or cold brew.  We are going to put the debate to one side and share our version with you because quite frankly we think it is pretty damn good!


The Espresso Martini cocktail by Barossa Distilling Co

Serves // The following ingredients will make one cocktail. Get your shaker out and your jigger on and here we go.


  • 45ml of CoffeeThis can be cold brew, instant, plunger, or espresso. You can add the coffee fresh and hot but if it is hot make sure it is the last ingredient to hit the cocktail shaker, otherwise your ice to going to melt too fast and water everything down.
  • 30ml GinYou can also use Vodka, maybe try them both and see what works best for you
  • 30ml Coffee LiquorWe are using Espressocello from Applewood but you can also use Kahlua or Tia Maria.


Whole Coffee Beans & Homemade Honeycomb


A Coupette or Martini Glass


First add ice to your cocktail shaker until it is just over half full. Next add your Gin, then your coffee Liqour and finally your coffee. Put the lid on the shaker, make sure it is tight! Give it a good vigourous shake for at least 20 seconds. You want to create a good thick crema for your cocktail.

Strain into your glass. Add up to 3 coffee beans and then your honeycomb.

Sit back and enjoy!

Neil Bullock of Barossa Distilling Co straining the freshly shaken Espresso Martini into the glass


Like the sound of this recipe? Then you will most likely want to try some of Barossa Distilling Co’s other cocktail recipes:

Budburst Strawberry Daiquiri Cocktail

The Maggie Collins Cocktail

The Dickens Cocktail