If you’re a coffee lover with a taste for something a little more spirited, then espresso cocktails might just be your new favorite thing. These delightful concoctions bring together the bold, rich flavors of espresso with the kick of your favorite spirits, creating a whole new world of delicious drinks to enjoy. Whether you’re a fan of coffee or cocktails (or both!), espresso cocktails offer a perfect blend of the two, providing a delightful pick-me-up with a boozy twist.
A trendy bar staple, the espresso martini is the perfect after-dinner drink. You can create an indulgent cocktail that takes the place of dessert using rich espresso, coffee liqueur, and a shot of vodka. The trick is to shake this drink hard and fast. That’s what creates the impressive foamy topper on this beverage.
Fans of coffee ice cream will love this espresso cocktail. Crafted using grappa, coffee liquor, creme de cacao, espresso, and ice cream, this recipe requires more than your standard bar fare. But the results are worth the effort. Try it after your next Italian-themed dinner in place of dessert.
This stiff take on a coffee cocktail isn’t for the faint of heart. It combines a double shot of espresso with rye whiskey, simple syrup, bitters, and a lemon twist. Far from a creamy, after-dinner drink, this is one you might consider after a hard day’s work. Or, serve it up sans alcohol for a mid-morning pick-me-up.
Mocha Espresso Martini
Chocolate and coffee lovers rejoice! This cocktail is designed with you in mind. This would be a great alternative to the standard mimosa with brunch, featuring coffee liquor and espresso over ice. As an icy cocktail, it’s also fantastic in the summer months.
Sweet, creamy, and oh-so-caffeinated, this cocktail is perfect for those nights you don’t want to end. Crafted from hazelnut liquor, coffee liquor, vodka, cream, and espresso, this is an ideal dessert drink. Plus, it’s easy to whip up, even if you don’t have an espresso machine. Cold brew or strong-brewed coffee work as the perfect substitutions.
The Dark Velvet
The Dark Velvet cocktail takes a few extra steps, but the results are worth it. Rich, creamy, and decadent, this beverage relies on amaretto, espresso, rum, and heavy cream to create a stunning drink. The hardest part is getting the cream to float on the espresso and rum mix. But with a bit of patience, anyone can do it.
Tequila Espresso Martini
You might think tequila and espresso would only go together sometimes, but this cocktail recipe will prove you wrong. It uses Kahlua, tequila, and espresso to create a martini that pays tribute to Kahlua’s Mexican roots. Plus, it’s super easy to make. Simply shake everything together over ice and strain.
Iced Dark Chocolate Orange Espresso
If you’re a fan of chocolate and orange, you’ll love this take on the espresso cocktail. Bold espresso with rich chocolate undertones and bright orange zest come together beautifully in a chilled cocktail glass. This recipe doesn’t include alcohol, but you could add a vodka shot if you choose.
Wake Up Call
The Wake Up Call features fruity rum with a smokey chili kick. This unique espresso cocktail is bright and exciting, perfect for a weekend brunch. You might not have chili bitters in your regular bar inventory, but if you’re a fan of rum-based cocktails, it’s worth seeking out. It plays with the rum and espresso exceptionally well.
Frozen Salted Espresso Martinis
The Frozen Salted Espresso Martini is the perfect pick for a sunny day. It will take some preparation, as you’ll need to freeze your espresso in advance, but the results are epic. Best of all, this recipe makes enough for two, making this salty-sweet treat perfect for sharing with a friend at the pool.
But First, Coffee
If you’re a fan of cold brew, you’ll love this modern take on the traditional espresso martini. The recipe uses reposado tequila and a unique Coca-Cola reduction to create a unique cold-brew-flavored cocktail. It’s not an easy one to put together, as you’ll have to seek out Mexican Coke and reduce it down to syrup. But if you like the deep flavors of cold brew coffee, it’s worth the extra effort.
If the bitter notes in a typical espresso martini aren’t your jam, this recipe might be a better option. It’s a little complex, and you’ll have to search for ingredients, but a recipe like this will impress your friends.
- Pick your favorite recipe
- Gather all the needed ingredients
- Prep a espresso cocktail in less than 5 minutes