Chocolate Espresso Martini Recipe

The ultimate dessert cocktail made with vanilla vodka, coffee liqueur, instant espresso, and chocolate liqueur.

Chocolate Espresso Martini Recipe

Patty is obsessed with espresso martinis. OBSESSED. So you bet I perfected this cocktail VERY quickly. I tried several different recipes and variations for months and was never quite satisfied with the results.

In my mind, the biggest hoop to jump through was the actual espresso, and I wasn’t about to purchase an espresso maker just to make a cocktail.

Chocolate Espresso Martini: Two Ways

This cocktail can be made a few different ways depending on what spirits you have in the bar. The base drink is vanilla vodka, Kahlua, and instant espresso. The fourth and final element can be two options: Creme de cocoa and cream OR Godiva chocolate liqueur. At the end of the day, you need a creamy, chocolatey finish.

Chocolate Espresso Martini and Instant Espresso

Instant Espresso

Believe it or not, I use instant espresso. I’m no espresso connoisseur but think it serves the purpose very well and it’s cheap. I bought Cafe Bustelo instant espresso at the grocery store and it was around $5 for a 7-ounce container (which lasts a long time). This stuff works wonders.

Heat water until HOT, nearly boiling in the microwave and add a heaping teaspoon of instant espresso. Add everything to a Boston shaker with a heaping handful of ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass with a chocolate rim. It’s foamy and delicious.

The chocolate espresso martini is the perfect dessert cocktail. I see no better way to cap off your evening of delinquency and tomfoolery. Don’t want an espresso? This can be made as a simple chocolate martini here.

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Chocolate Espresso Martini Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 7
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: American

Description

The ultimate dessert cocktail made with vanilla vodka, coffee liqueur, instant espresso, and chocolate liqueur.


Scale

Ingredients

Variation 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce Cafe Bustelo instant espresso or fresh espresso
  • 1 ounce Godiva chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce Kahlua or coffee liqueur
  • chocolate syrup for rim and coffee beans for garnish

Variation 2

  • 1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka or vodka
  • 1 ounce Cafe Bustelo instant espresso or fresh espresso
  • 1 ounce Kahlua or coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce creme de cocoa
  • 1/23/4 ounce cream or heavy cream
  • chocolate syrup for rim and coffee beans for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pour some chocolate syrup on a plate and dip a chilled coupe glass upside down in the chocolate to coat the rim of the glass.
  2. Bring 1 ounce of water to a boil in a microwaveable safe measuring cup, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of instant espresso to the water, stir and set aside.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with no ice yet. Add the espresso last and then fill with a cup of ice.
  5. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and serve straight up in your chilled coupe. Garnish with espresso or coffee beans.

Notes

This cocktail can be made a few different ways. I’ve tried so many different variations with great results. When in doubt, stick with the basics.

Keywords: espresso martini, chocolate espresso martini, dessert cocktail