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.

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 Recipe

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.

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). There are several different kinds but there is no need to spend a lot of money. Anything strong should do the trick.

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

Finally, to add the chocolate drizzle. Place a little chocolate syrup at the top of the glass and let gravity do the rest.

Chocolate Espresso Martini Recipe

Chocolate Espresso Martini Recipe

  • 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.