This gin espresso martini combines gin, espresso, and coffee liqueur to give you a cocktail that’s also a pick-me-up. It’s a variation on the classic espresso martini that is made with gin instead of vodka. And it’s my coffee counterpart to “The Lady Bridgerton” cocktail, which combines Empress 1908 gin and Earl Grey tea.
The espresso martini is generally believed to have been created by Dick Bradsell, who also created the bramble. You can read more about Dick Bradsell in the reference at the bottom of this post.
Technique: the dry shake
Tip from the wise quacker: shaking your ingredients for at least 10 seconds without ice will give you a foam without diluting it. Once you have foam, then add ice to your cocktail shaker and shake to chill.
You will want a dry gin here, so that strong botanical flavors don’t clash with the coffee. This is a great primer on gin.
You can use instant espresso if you want to make this gin espresso martini with instant coffee. You can find it in most grocery stores.
Feel free to use a cup of brewed espresso in place of the instant if you’re lucky enough to have access to an espresso machine. Just make it strong!
If it’s all you have, you can also use a cup of regular coffee. Cook it down slowly until it’s about one quarter of its original volume.
Tia Maria (left) and Kahlua (right) have the exact same percent of alcohol by volume. To me, Tia Maria tastes sweeter but with a stronger taste of alcohol. The Kahlua is darker and has a stronger coffee taste.
These aren’t the only coffee liqueurs out there. Use the one you like best!
What to serve with a gin espresso martini
There’s nothing wrong with drinking an espresso martini on its own. If you’re looking for a cake equivalent to this creamy cocktail or coffee-flavored treats to serve alongside, check out my tiramisu cake or coffee and walnut loaf cake.
Merriam-Webster surprisingly says that both are acceptable pronunciations.
Yes, although I almost always make gin martinis, the original espresso martini had vodka. You could also use rum to make a rum espresso martini. Or sub out the kahlua for Frangelico and make a hazelnut espresso martini.
We drink the Espresso Roast from Blue Star Coffee Roasters which is based in Twisp, Washington in the beautiful Methow Valley.
Check out other uglyducklingbakery beverages including:
- Creamy espresso martini with Baileys and Kahlua
- Peanut butter manhattan or a perfect brandy manhattan
- “The Lady Bridgerton,” an Empress 1908 gin cocktail
- Cherry Bakewell cocktail
- Jalapeno raspberry bramble
Gin Espresso Martini
- Cocktail shaker
- 1 ounce strong espresso, chilled
- 1 ounce Tanqueray or other dry gin
- 1 ounce Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
- 2 dashes chocolate bitters, optional
- 3 coffee beans, for garnish
- Make the espresso with instant coffee or brew a strong cup per your espresso maker. Let it cool.
- Combine the gin, espresso, coffee liqueur and bitters, if using, into a cocktail shaker without any ice and dry shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Add a ½ cup of ice cubes and shake again very briefly to chill.1 ounce strong espresso, chilled, 1 ounce Tanqueray or other dry gin, 1 ounce Kahlua or other coffee liqueur, 2 dashes chocolate bitters, optional
- Strain into a martini or coupe glass and garnish with three coffee beans3 coffee beans, for garnish
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About gin: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/different-types-of-gin
About Dick Bradsell: https://www.diffordsguide.com/encyclopedia/2665/people/dick-bradsell