This creamy espresso martini with Bailey's is the best espresso martini recipe! It just takes three ingredients and it's such a deliciously balanced coffee cocktail! And if you love espresso martini variations, read on to learn how to make a creamy espresso martini with no Bailey's, with Kahlua coffee liqueur, and even without espresso!
If you like this espresso martini recipe, you'll love my Coffee Cookies, my Mistletoe Margarita Recipe, and my collection of the best Christmas Gin Cocktails!
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Best Espresso Martini with Baileys
If you're a coffee lover, you've got to try this espresso martini recipe! It's the best espresso martini, with Baileys Irish Cream liqueur to make it creamier and even more delicious! It's an elegant cocktail and it's the best way to celebrate!
Best of all, it only takes three ingredients, other than the ice! Couldn't be easier! It's the perfect espresso martini for beginners!
How do you get the creamy top on an espresso martini?
The keys to getting that creamy top on your espresso martini recipe is to use freshly brewed espresso and be sure to shake the cocktail for a full 15 seconds. Then just shake the cocktail shaker as you're pouring out your martini to get all the foam out!
Is Baileys or Kahlua better for espresso martini?
We're making this creamy espresso martini with Baileys liqueur to get that creamy flavor! But one benefit of Kahlua is that it provides an espresso martini recipe with rich coffee flavor. So to get that flavor, I recommend using Bailey's Espresso Creme flavor!
Creamy Espresso Martini Recipe Ingredients
You'll only need three main ingredients for this frothy espresso martini recipe!
- vodka - your favorite regular vodka is fine -- I used Ketel One Vodka. You can also use a vanilla vodka for a richer, creamier flavor!
- Bailey's Irish Cream - I used the Espresso Creme flavor, which is a great way to boost the strong coffee taste - perfect for coffee lovers! If you use regular Bailey's you'll have a more subtle espresso flavor in this martini.
- espresso - I recommend using fresh espresso brewed in an espresso maker -- just be sure to let it cool to room temperature before you get started. You can place it in the fridge or freezer to speed up the chilling process.
- ice - to chill the cocktail while you shake it.
- coffee beans - as an optional garnish.
As with any good cocktail recipe, you'll want to start with the right glass! This creamy espresso martini recipe calls for a stemmed cocktail glass, such as a martini glasses or coupe glasses.
In order to get that frothy top, you'll want to use an espresso machine to brew your espresso. I used my Nespresso mini espresso maker!
You'll also want the right bar tools for mixing your espresso martini, such as a jigger for measuring ounces and half ounces and of course, a classic cocktail shaker.
This is a quick cocktail recipe to put together! Check the recipe card below for detailed instructions, but here are the 4 basic steps:
Combine vodka, Irish cream, and cooled espresso in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake very well to help the mixture foam up, about 15-20 seconds.
Pour into your chilled martini glass, shaking cocktail shaker a bit to maximize the foamy top.
Garnish with three coffee beans on top of your cocktail, and enjoy!
Hint: Although you want freshly brewed espresso for this recipe, it's important to let your espresso cool completely so that it doesn't melt the ice and water down your delicious cocktail.
Espresso Martini Variations
This espresso martini is the perfect drink for any occasion because it can easily be adjusted depending on what you have on hand!
Creamy Espresso Martini - No Baileys (Kahlua Creamy Version)
If you don't have Bailey's Irish cream, you can definitely make a traditional espresso martini more creamy by adding heavy cream! So in this instance, you'd substitute the Bailey's in this recipe with ½ ounce of Kahlua, ½ ounce of heavy cream, and ½ ounce of simple syrup.
Creamy Espresso Martini without Espresso
If you don't have an espresso maker, you can make this recipe with cold brew concentrate -- substitute an equal amount of cold brew concentrate for the espresso. You can also mix up a shot of espresso with instant espresso powder.
Classic Espresso Martini - Kahlua Recipe
If you'd rather make a traditional espresso martini recipe with Kahlua, you can just replace the Bailey's in this recipe with ½ ounce of Kahlua and ½ ounce of simple syrup.
And don't forget to check out my Peppermint Espresso Martini for a fun, minty variation. And you'll also love this RumChata White Russian!
For best results, make sure you shake your espresso martini for a full 15-20 seconds to ensure you get that foamy top!
Frequently Asked Questions
The classic garnish of three coffee beans is a fun way to top off this Baileys espresso martini recipe. According to tradition, these three espresso beans represent health, wealth and happiness.
The foam comes from the natural foam that tops a machine-brewed espresso, known as the crema. Adding fresh espresso to a cocktail shaker that is about half full with ice cubes allows you to aerate the mixture and make it even more foamy.
This creamy espresso martini recipe is perfect anytime of the evening! But for me, it makes the perfect after-dinner drink, when a cup of coffee or espresso is customary to give guests a little boost of energy after a big meal. It's also a bit of a dessert cocktail, since it's got a rich and creamy texture and a good amount of sweetness.
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Equipment you may need
- cocktail shaker
- martini glass
- 1 cup (237 g) ice
- 2 oz (57 ml) vodka - (¼ cup)
- 1 oz (28 ml) Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur - I used Bailey's Espresso Creme for more coffee flavor (2 tablespoons)
- 1 oz (28 ml) freshly brewed espresso - cooled; or cold brew concentrate (2 tbsps)
- 3 whole coffee beans - optional; for garnish
- Add ice, vodka, Irish cream liqueur, and espresso to cocktail shaker.1 cup ice, 2 oz vodka, 1 oz Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur, 1 oz freshly brewed espresso
- Shake vigorously at least 10-15 minutes or until frothy. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass, shaking the shaker a bit to let out all of the foam. Garnish with coffee beans, if desired, and serve immediately.3 whole coffee beans
Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Chenée Lewis
My wife would love this! I gotta make it for her.
What a great way to use Baileys. This martini looks amazing.
This martini was so comforting and easy to make - great for the winter months!
So glad you liked it! I've been making it on repeat!
I had no idea these were so easy to make at home! I love your version with Baileys in it - especially at the holidays!
Yes! Just a bit of winter indulgence!
Such a beautiful espresso martini! I love that frothy layer and the flavors sound amazing.
I love coffee and baileys which makes this incredible martini perfect for me. Cheers!
This is the creamiest martini and espresso was my favorite part! So delicious!
So glad you liked it! 🙂
I really enjoyed this!! It is really amazing!
I'm so glad you liked it!
Truly incredible for the holidays!
I love a good espresso martini, and this one looks divine. Making on tonight for sure!
Great! I'm sure you'll love it!
This is such a fantastic martini! I'm usually a dirty martini kind of gal and don't stray from my ways, but a friend of mine had been talking about espresso martinis. I've got to say, it did NOT disappoint.
I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you!
This looks so good! Saving this recipe to make it this weekend.
Thank you so much! I hope you love it!
Love how simple but extra this recipe is!! Saving it for the Christmas gatherings I will have in the coming holidays!!
Thank you! It's easy, but elegant!!