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Easy Chocolate Espresso Martini Recipe: With Expert Tips

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For something truly delicious, why not try making a chocolate espresso martini? There is nothing quite like the combination of chocolate and coffee, and a boozy base of vodka, chocolate liqueur, and Kahlua doesn’t hurt, either.

Keep reading to learn how to make an amazing chocolate espresso martini. The steps are easy, the drink’s affordable, and there’s a cool garnish, too. Let’s get started!

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Chocolate Espresso Martini

This cocktail has the perfect blend of caffeine, chocolate, and alcohol. Combine fresh espresso with vodka, chocolate syrup, and tasty liqueurs to make a chocolate espresso martini worth serving again and again.
5 stars from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail(s)
Calories 200 kcal


  • Espresso maker
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Martini glass
  • 2 small bowls


  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1 ounce chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce Kahlua or Baileys
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup plus more for rim
  • Cocoa powder
  • Ice


  • Make a shot of espresso using your favorite espresso maker. You can also substitute ¼ cup of strong brewed coffee. Let your espresso cool while you work on the next step.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, chocolate liqueur, Kahlua, and chocolate syrup. Shake well.
  • Pour a little chocolate syrup into a shallow bowl. Pour cocoa powder into a second shallow bowl. Dip the rim of your martini glass in the chocolate followed by the cocoa powder.
  • Now add your cooled coffee to the cocktail shaker. Shake thoroughly.
  • Pour your chocolate espresso martini into the martini glass, leaving the ice in the shaker. Float a coffee bean in the drink if you’d like, or sprinkle on cocoa powder as an effortless garnish.


Calories: 200kcal
Keyword chocolate espresso martini, coffee cocktail, kahlua

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Chocolate Espresso Martini Recipe Tips

This base recipe will produce a stellar chocolate espresso martini, but you may want to vary it depending on the ingredients in your kitchen or your tastes. Here are our tips!

Chocolate Liqueur

Since this is a chocolate espresso martini, we like to add chocolate liqueur for added flavor. You can use any brand, from high-end Tempus Fugit to midrange Godiva to inexpensive Van Meer’s. If you have the budget, a good quality chocolate liqueur is very much worth it. Prefer not to buy liqueurs? You can make one at home or add extra Kahlua instead.

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That Fancy Rim

Is the fancy chocolate rim required? Of course not, but it’s a fun addition that will knock your guests’ socks off. You can also dip your martini glass in white sugar or espresso powder — just make sure you start with something like simple syrup to help it stick!


Our recipe uses a fresh shot of espresso. This will give you by far the best flavor, but if you do not have an espresso machine or want a faster recipe, you can add instant espresso powder instead. If you go the powdered route, we recommend adding a little milk or half-and-half to help it dissolve.

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Image Credit: Vassamon Anansukkasem, Shutterstock

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Final Thoughts

Ready to whip up your new favorite coffee cocktail? This drink is easy to make and highly customizable. Who doesn’t like the combination of chocolate and coffee?


Featured Image Credit: Goskova Tatiana, Shutterstock


Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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