How to Make the Best Espresso Martini

Like it or not, there’s no denying the popularity of the Espresso Martini. Created by the late and internationally renowned bartender Dick Bradsell, the pharmaceutical stimulant is seen everywhere from pubs to restaurants and high end cocktail bars.

Espresso Martini Recipe

While some may call it the new vodka-lime-and-soda, others are coming up with creative recipes and putting the caffeine libation on tap.

There are many iterations of the Espresso Martini, including recipes with Mr Black Coffee Liqueur so for this cocktail, we went straight to the source.

During a visit to Distillery Botanica where the coffee liqueur is made, we asked Distiller Philip Moore how he enjoys his Espresso Martini. Aside from the usual ingredients – espresso, vodka, Mr Black – he likes to add a fruity single malt whisky from Speyside. Here’s his recipe on how to make Moore’s Espresso Martini.

Moore’s Espresso Martini Recipe

Recipe by Philip Moore, Distillery Botanica


  • 25 ml Mr Black Coffee Liqueur
  • 12 ml espresso
  • 20 ml vodka
  • 10 ml single malt whisky, such as a fruity Speyside
  • 5 ml sugar syrup
  • thumb knuckle of orange zest

Glassware: Martini glass


In a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients over ice and shake it 60 times until very cold. Strain into a chilled Martini glass.

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How to Make the Best Espresso Martini was last modified: July 17th, 2016 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.