The Perfect Espresso Martini

We Aussies love our coffee! An espresso martini is the perfect way to take our favourite drink into the night, as it combines rich espresso in a sophisticated cocktail.

Espresso Martini

Coffee lover meets cocktail enthusiasts and the result is the delightful concoction that is the Espresso Martini.

If you attended the South Coast Food and Wine Festival you would have seen our vintage caravan where our delicious Espresso Martinis were back by popular demand.

We Aussies love our coffee and an espresso martini is the perfect way to take our favourite drink into the night, as it combines rich espresso with a sophisticated cocktail.

A brief history

The legend goes that the Espresso Martini was created in the late 1980s by a London Bartender Dick Bradsell, for a young supermodel who wandered into the bar requesting a drink that would wake her up. The drink is now a classic worldwide and saw a dramatic rise in popularity in the early 2020s.

An Espresso Martini is often garnished with three coffee beans floating on top, which is said to represent health, happiness, and prosperity. This garnish is said to have originated from an Italian tradition of serving sambuca, also traditionally served with three floating coffee beans.

At Bearded Brewer, we experimented with many different variations and recipes before landing on what we believe is the perfect Espresso Martini. We want to gift this recipe to you so that you don’t have to wait another 12 months until the next festival to get your hands on this delicious drink.

How to make an Espresso Martini:

What you need: (Makes one cocktail)

  • 45ml Bearded Brewer cold-brew
  • 45ml vodka
  • 25ml Kahlúa or other coffee liqueur
  • Ice
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Martini glass
  • Stirrer
  • 3 coffee beans to garnish


Step one:
Pour Bearded Brewer cold brew, vodka, and Kahlúa into a cocktail shaker. If you don’t have one of these you can improvise as we did for these photos with 2 cups that fit over one another.

Step two:
Add a handful of ice

Step three:
SHAKE IT! The more you shake the more delicious foam you get on top.

Step four:
Pour the liquid through a fine strainer into a chilled martini glass.

Step five:
Finally, garnish with 3 coffee beans


  • If you like your Martini a little sweeter we added 5ml of caramel syrup with delicious results.
  • Espresso Martini’s can also be made with a cooled espresso shot. The flavour isn’t as good but use whatever you have available.
  • If you like a creamer version try adding a dash of your favourite milk.
  • Pair with a rich dessert for the full indulgence experience.

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