Everyone’s Favorite Espresso Martini

My drink of the year for 2021 (and probably 2022) was an espresso martini. I made a habit of ordering them everywhere and rating them. Then, after visiting the Starbucks Reserve in Seattle and trying their espresso martini flight, I decided it was time to perfect it at home. After some trial and error (and tips from the Starbucks bartenders), I finally got it right! So, if you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser at your next gathering, or just want to have a nice cocktail with dinner, you must try this out! Also, I know making your own vanilla simple syrup might scare some of you away, but it shouldn’t! I promise it is so easy, and so worth it!

Yield: 1 Large Martini Time: 5 Minutes


Vanilla Simple Syrup:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbs Vanilla Extract or 1 Vanilla Bean Pod


  • 2 Shots Espresso or Strong Coffee
  • 1 Shot Vodka of Choice (I prefer vanilla or coffee flavored)
  • 1 Shot Irish Cream (Bailey’s or another brand works perfectly)
  • 1/2 Shot Vanilla Simple Syrup
  • Ice
  • Espresso Beans (optional)


Vanilla Simple Syrup:

  • This step is optional, if you want to just buy vanilla syrup that is totally fine!
  • To make your own vanilla syrup, just combine sugar, water, and vanilla bean pod (split open and inside scraped) or vanilla extract in a small pot and bring to a boil
  • Boil the mixture until the sugar has dissolved, no need to stir
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and let cool
  • This recipe will make about a cup of simple syrup which can be stored in any air-tight container at room temperature – you can use it for the martinis and to flavor your coffee!


  • Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake until frothy
  • Pour into a martini glass
  • Top with three espresso beans (optional)
  • Cheers!!

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