Espresso Martini cocktail

Shake up World Cocktail Day with our Baytown Espresso Martini Recipe!

As we raise our glasses to celebrate World Cocktail Day, there’s no better way to toast the occasion than with a drink that combines two of life’s greatest pleasures: coffee and cocktails. That’s right, we’re talking about the ever-so-sophisticated Espresso Martini!

Origins of the Espresso Martini

This fabulous drink is a staple for any coffee lover, and of course it’s a favourite when the Baytown team gets together to celebrate! It was invented by Dick Bradsell in London in the 1980’s and it revolutionised the cocktail scene, creating a drink that was designed to “wake me up”. Traditionally garnished with three coffee beans on top, these are said to represent health, wealth, and happiness.

Baytown's Espresso Martini Recipe

At Baytown, we’re all about simply elevating your coffee experience, and what better way to do that then infusing your favourite brew into a classic cocktail? So, here’s all you’ll need to make the perfect espresso martini every time.

Espresso Martini at the beach

What you’ll need:

  • 25ml/1fl oz Kahlua

  • 25ml/1fl oz freshly brewed espresso (we recommend The Bolts)

  • 50ml/1fl oz Vodka

  • A dash of vanilla syrup

  • Ice

  • Cocktail Shaker


  1. Start by brewing a fresh shot of espresso using your favourite coffee beans – we recommend using The Bolts, which has tasting notes of chocolate, cherry, and hazelnut (If you can’t get your hands on an espresso machine, you can still get great results brewing using a moka pot).
  2. Before you begin mixing your cocktail, pop your martini glass in the freezer for a few minutes to chill. A frosty glass will ensure your espresso martini stays perfectly chilled from the start.
  3. Next, combine your ingredients. Just fill your shaker with ice, then add your Vodka, Kahlua, and freshly brewed espresso into your cocktail shaker. To add our own Baytown twist to this iconic drink, we recommend a dash of vanilla syrup to sweeten!
  4. Put your lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. The key here is to create a nice froth on top of your cocktail.
  5. Remove the martini glass from the freezer, and then just strain your contents into a glass.
  6. To finish off your espresso martini, garnish with three coffee beans on top. Not only does this add a touch of elegance, but it also enhances the aroma of freshly roasted coffee.
3 espresso martinis at the beach

Although we recommend using The Bolts, don’t be afraid to play around with different coffee beans to find your perfect match. If you prefer a bold and intense espresso, our dark roast Boggle Hole might be the way to go!

Happy Mixing and Happy World Cocktail Day!