Guide To Prepare Espresso Martini Recipe Without Kahlua Easy

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The espresso martini – a caffeinated cocktail that’s become a global phenomenon. But what if you don’t have Kahlua on hand, or prefer to avoid coffee liqueurs? Fear not, coffee lovers! This recipe delivers all the creamy, frothy goodness of a classic espresso martini, with a delightful twist.


Best Espresso Martini without Kahlua [Mocktail]  Orchids + Sweet Tea
Best Espresso Martini without Kahlua [Mocktail] Orchids + Sweet Tea

1 ½ oz Vodka (high-quality for best results)

  • 1 oz Chilled Espresso (freshly brewed is ideal)
  • ½ oz Simple Syrup (or substitute with honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup)
  • 3 Coffee Beans (for garnish, optional)
  • Ice Cubes

  • Directions:

    1. Chill Your Glass: Pop your martini glass in the freezer for a few minutes before you begin. This keeps your drink refreshingly cold for longer.
    2. Brew Your Espresso: While the glass chills, prepare your espresso. Aim for a strong shot, ideally freshly brewed. You can also use a good quality cold brew coffee if preferred.
    3. Assemble and Shake: Add the vodka, chilled espresso, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds, or until the outside of the shaker feels frosty.
    4. Strain and Serve: Strain the contents of the shaker into your chilled martini glass.
    5. Garnish (Optional): For a classic touch, float 3 coffee beans on the surface of your martini. Enjoy!


    For a creamier drink, use coffee creamer instead of simple syrup. Opt for sugar-free varieties if desired.

  • Don’t have a cocktail shaker? No problem! Use a tightly sealed mason jar instead.
  • If your espresso isn’t strong enough, consider using a double shot.

  • Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: Approximately 150 (depending on vodka brand and chosen sweetener)

  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g (including sugars)
  • Protein: 0g

  • Please note: This is a general estimate and can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    This Kahlua-free espresso martini is a fantastic option for coffee enthusiasts who want a delicious pick-me-up without the added liqueur. It’s quick to prepare, uses minimal ingredients, and delivers a powerful coffee punch. So next time you crave a caffeinated cocktail with a sophisticated edge, give this recipe a try!


    1. Can I use a different type of alcohol?

    Absolutely! While vodka is traditional, you can experiment with rum, white tequila, or even a flavored vodka like vanilla for a unique twist.

    2. What if I don’t have simple syrup?

    No worries! Substitute with equal parts sugar and hot water, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup also work well.

    3. How can I make this a non-alcoholic drink?

    Simply omit the vodka and use a double shot of strong cold brew coffee. You can also add a splash of flavored syrup like vanilla or caramel for extra sweetness.

    4. Can I make this ahead of time?

    The espresso martini is best enjoyed fresh. However, you can pre-chill all your ingredients and combine them in the shaker (minus the ice) up to an hour before serving. Shake with ice just before serving.

    5. How long will this drink stay caffeinated?

    The espresso will naturally lose some potency over time. Aim to enjoy your martini within 20-30 minutes of preparation for the best caffeine kick.