Creamy Hazelnut Espresso Martini

Creamy Hazelnut Espresso Martini

Hazelnut Espresso Martini in a martini glass on a white plater. A bottle of Kahlua and coffee press are in the background;

Hello, my fellow coffee fiends. Let’s me introduce you to my very favorite martini recipe– the Espresso Martini. If Nutella were a cocktail, it’d be this martini recipe! This is a fun, festive, and frothy drink. It’s easy to make and super delicious.

 

After a hearty holiday meal, sometimes the best digestif is a drinkable dessert in the form of an espresso martini! This recipe is a hazelnut variation on the classic with the optional addition of chocolate liqueur. 

How to Make An Espresso Martini

An espresso martini sounds fancy, but it’s actually really simple to make. It’s a wonderful cocktail to mix up during the holidays or, in our case, when you’re hitting the slots in Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan hotel.  Here are the basic steps.

 

1, Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Add espresso, vodka, Kahlua, and Frangelico hazelnut liqueur to the cocktail shaker.

3. Optionally, you can add Godiva chocolate liqueur and pasteurized egg white.

4. Shake it until chilled and frothy. It takes 30 seconds.

5. Strain into a large martini glass and enjoy!

 

That’s it! You’ll have a delicious hazelnut espresso martini within minutes.

Espresso Martini Ingredients

Here are the ingredients: high-quality espresso (don’t be cheap – No Yuban or Foldgers!), vodka, Kahlua abnd Frangelico. For a richer chocolate flavor you can add in some Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. To add some froth, you can shake in some pasteurized egg. Truth be told, I only add it maybe 10% of the time. I can get pretty lazy.

 

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Ingredients to make an Espresso Martini: Coffee, vodka, Kahlua, Frangelico.

Can You Make Espresso Martini Without a Coffee Machine?

Yes! You can absolutely make a this drink recipe without a coffee or espresso machine. Use store-bought coffee concentrate instead.

What Can You Use Instead of Kahlua?

If you do not have any Kahlua or coffee liqueur available, you can substitute an additional ounce of espresso.

HOW MUCH ALCOHOL IS IN A MARTINI?

Would you like this martini recipe more if I answered “Tons?” The good news is both Kahlua and Frangelico have only 20% ABV which is low for a liqueur. If you’re adding in the Godiva Liqueur it’s only 15% ABV. So it’s still a pretty strong cocktail, but 3 of the 4 liqueurs have low ABV.

How Many Calories are in an Espresso Martini?

This espresso martini contains 259 calories in a single serving, but it’s worth it. If you are watching your calorie intake, skip dessert and enjoy this drinkable one instead!

Hazelnut Espresso Martini being poured in a martini glass on a white plater. A bottle of Kahlua and coffee press are in the background;

How to Make An Espresso Martini Frothy

To make a frothy espresso martini, add a pasteurized egg white* to the cocktail shaker. Shake well for 30 seconds. The result is a foamy espresso martini. Using freshly brewed espresso also contributes frothiness to the martini.

 

*It is important to use pasteurized egg whites. A standard egg white contains bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses. Stick to pasteurized egg whites for cocktails.

Hazelnut Espresso Martini in a martini glass on a white plater. A bottle of Kahlua and coffee press are in the background;

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The Perfect Hazelnut Espresso Martini

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If Nutella were a cocktail, it’d be this Espresso Martini recipe! This is a fun, festive, and frothy drink. It’s easy to make and super delicious.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Cocktails, Espresso, Frangelico, Godiva, Kahlua, Martini, Vodka
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Person
Calories 259kcal
Cost $3.00

Ingredients

  • 1 Oz. Espresso or Strong Brewed Coffee (*Note 1)
  • 1 Oz. High Quality Vodka
  • 1 Oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur (*Note 2)
  • 1 Oz. Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur (*Note 3)

OPTIONAL:

  • 1 Oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur (*Note 4)
  • 1/2 Oz. Pasteurized egg white (*Note 5)

Instructions

  • Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the espresso, vodka, Kahlua, Frangelico, Godiva and egg white, if using. Shake until chilled and frothy– about 30 seconds. 
  • Strain into a large martini glass and enjoy immediately. 

Notes

Note 1: If you dont have espresso, you can also use a store-bought coffee concentrate. This is NOT the time to be cheap. Junk quality coffee = junk quality martini. 

Note 2: If you dont have Coffee Liqueur, you can substitute an additional ounce of espresso.

Note 3: If you dont have Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur, Amaretto would also be delicious.

Note 4: Want it slightly sweeter? Add the Godiva Chocolate Liqueur or Creme de Cacao or ½ ounce of simple syrup.

Note 5: Using pasteurized egg white is critical. Please do not use a standard egg white as they may contain bacteria that can cause food-borne illnesses. If you do not have pasteurized egg whites, or if you have a weakened immune system, leave the egg whites out. Without the egg white, the drink will still be delicious— just not as foamy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 35.3g | Sodium: 4mg | Sugar: 11.2g

Hi, I’m Darcey!

I’m a fully caffeinated full time food blogger and lover of the outdoors, travel, and wine (not necessarily in that order).

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