How To Make An Espresso Martini Without An Espresso Machine

By Grace Noles
Espresso Martini on bar counter

It's the weekend and Happy Hour is on the horizon! Seeing as we can't wander down to the local at knock-off time for a beverage, it's up to us to get creative and become the at-home mixologist we've always dreamed of being.

Being one of the most popular (and boujee) cocktails on most drink lists in bars, the Espresso Martini is a cult-favourite for both its boozy and caffeine hit – getting you right where you need to be on a night out. However, usually made with a real shot of espresso from an espresso machine, it's a hard one to replicate at home without all the needed equipment – until now. Here's our take on a homemade Espresso-less Espresso Martini.

Espresso Martini (Without The Espresso)

Espresso Martini from Morningside Tavern

What you'll need

Ground coffee (or instant for an even easier cocktail)

Vodka (any brand will do)

Coffee liqueur (Kahlua is our go to)

Boiling water (this one's self explanatory, we hope)

Getting started

  1. Start off with 2 teaspoons of ground or instant coffee and mix it into 40ml of boiling water. If using instant – just stir as normal, if ground – filter as normal. Steep it for longer if you're looking for an extra strong coffee-flavour.
  2. Once prepared, pour the coffee into a cocktail shaker (or any kind of shaker you may have). Wait for it to cool to room temperature.
  3. Add 1 shot of coffee liqueur and 1 shot of your vodka to the coffee and shake!
  4. Using a sieve, strain your cocktail mixture into your fanciest cocktail glass before topping with a dusting of instant coffee, chocolate powder, or a few coffee beans to replicate the real deal.
  5. Enjoy, responsibly!

Keep a close eye on Dish Cult as we bring you cocktail recipes for some of our favourite classics and innovative modern creations to spice up your home Happy Hours.

Wanting some more recipes to add to the lockdown cocktail list? Try out our no-fuss frose and creme egg cocktail!

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