The espresso martini is one of the greatest inventions in modern times. It provides you with both alcohol and coffee, perfect for relaxing with your friends or enjoying your day off. However, many people don’t like the taste of Kahlua, one of its main ingredients, or would like to find a similar-tasting drink that doesn’t contain alcohol. So, if you like to experiment with new things, keep reading as we provide you with a step-by-step guide to making an espresso martini without Kahlua.
What You’ll Need
If you don’t like the taste of Kahlua but would like to keep the one-two punch of alcohol and caffeine, there are several other coffee liqueurs that you can use.
Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur is a fantastic substitute for Kahlua, and it’s a good place to start when looking for an alternative. Instead of rum, it uses vodka, and the cold-pressed coffee is smoother and less bitter than the Arabic beans that you find in Kahlua.
Old Fashioned St George Coffee Liqueur
Old Fashioned St George Coffee Liqueur is an excellent substitute for Kahlua when making an espresso martini. It uses New Orleans-style coffee with ingredients like chicory root, vanilla beans, sugar cane, and coffee, giving it a soothing and relaxing flavor that many people enjoy in their espresso martini.
Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee
Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee is a great choice because many enjoy its intense herbal flavor. It’s popular to consume it without mixing it with anything else. That said, it does help make an excellent espresso martini, and the bottles are smaller, so it’s a good choice when you only need a few servings.
Instant Coffee and Brown Sugar
If you are looking for an alcohol-free version of the espresso martini, you can substitute the Kahlua with brown sugar and instant coffee.
As the name suggests, the ingredients of an espresso martini call for espresso. If you have a machine, you can make it fresh, but you can also use a commercial concentrate that you purchase at the grocery store. You can even experiment by substituting instant coffee for espresso. Freshly brewed dark roast is also a good alternative.
How to Make an Espresso Martini Without Kahlua:
1. Brew the coffee & espresso
If you try the alcohol-free espresso martini that uses instant coffee and brown sugar, start by making a fresh cup of the coffee. Then, add a teaspoon of brown sugar, stir well, and chill.
If you have an espresso machine, begin by brewing your espresso and allowing it to chill.
2. Combined the ingredients
Add your vodka coffee liqueur espresso and simple syrup into a shaker. Shake well.
Use a strainer to catch the ice as you pour the mixture into your glass and enjoy.
Many people like adding 1 teaspoon of almond syrup, especially when not using Kahlua.
Vanilla syrup is a good way to remove the bitterness of certain coffees if you find the flavor too harsh. It also helps make it sweeter.
If you like cream in your coffee, there is a good chance that you will also like it in your espresso martini. However, it’s perfectly fine to leave it out. Some people also have success using coconut or oat milk.
Simple Kahlua-Free Espresso Martini Recipe
- Espresso machine
- Cocktail shaker
- 5 oz Vodka
- 5 oz Kahlua substitute
- 5 oz Espresso
- 5 oz Light cream optional
- 1 tsp Almond syrup optional
- 1 tsp Vanilla syrup optional
- 1 tsp Brown sugar optional
- 1 cup Instant coffee optional
- Prepare your espresso and/or coffee, and chill.
- Combine vodka, Kahlua substitute, espresso, and light cream in a shaker with ice, and mix well.
- Pour the beverage through a small strainer to remove the ice.
- Add almond or vanilla syrup to enhance the flavor. Enjoy!
The Espresso Martini is a fantastic drink at any time of the year, but it’s especially nice in the summer. It has enough caffeine in it to keep you alert, and many of the Kahlua substitutes will provide plenty of kick. It even tastes great if you leave out the alcohol and substitute it with instant coffee and brown sugar. It also only takes a few seconds to make if you already have chilled espresso. So, with a little experimentation, you can make your new favorite drink without needing to add Kahlua.
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Table of Contents
- What You’ll Need
- How to Make an Espresso Martini Without Kahlua:
- Alternative Ingredients
- Simple Kahlua-Free Espresso Martini Recipe