Chocolate Espresso Martini Recipe

The ultimate dessert cocktail inspired by Boston’s Top of the Hub. Made with vanilla vodka, coffee liquor, instant espresso, and Godiva liquor.

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.

I was inspired by Boston’s Top of the Hub’s variation of the chocolate espresso martini. They use vanilla vodka and Kahlua Midnight, which is higher in alcohol and of course more expensive than regular Kahlua.

I think that’s what makes this cocktail special, however regular Kahlua is just fine. After one final attempt…it was perfect. If you’re wondering how pumped I was—it was a little like when Tom Hanks created fire for the first time in Cast Away.

How to Make an Espresso Martini

First off, to add the chocolate drizzle to the glass. Place a little chocolate syrup at the top of the pre-chilled glass and let gravity do the rest.

On to the 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).

Heat water until HOT in the microwave and add a heaping teaspoon of instant espresso. Add espresso, vodka, Kahlua, and Godiva liqueur to a Boston shaker with a heaping handful of ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass for best results. It’s foamy and delicious.

The chocolate espresso martini is the perfect desert cocktail. I see no better way to cap off your evening of delinquency and tomfoolery.

Chocolate Espresso Martini Recipe

Chocolate Espresso Martini Recipe

  • Prep Time: 7
  • Total Time: 7
  • Yield: 2 1x



  • 2 1/2 ounces Cafe Bustelo instant espresso or fresh espresso
  • 3 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 1/2 ounces Kahlua Midnight
  • 2 1/2 ounces Godiva chocolate liqueur
  • chocolate covered espresso beans (optional)


  1. Bring 2 1/2 ounces of water to a boil in a microwaveable safe measuring cup, about two minutes.
  2. Add two heaping tablespoons of instant espresso, stir and set aside.
  3. Combine the vodka, Kahlua and Godiva liqueur in a cocktail shaker with no ice. Add the espresso last and then fill with a cup of ice.
  4. To add the chocolate drizzle to the glass. Place a little chocolate syrup at the top of the glass and let gravity do the rest.
  5. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and serve straight up in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with chocolate covered espresso beans.

Keywords: espresso martini, chocolate espresso martini, dessert cocktail