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Chocolate Espresso Martini

  • Author: Ansley Beutler
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 2 Martinis 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


A coffee-forward cocktail is the perfect drink to kick off the night! This chocolate espresso martini combines the classic espresso martini with decadent chocolate to create a wonderfully smooth libation suited for any occasion. Made with a homemade dairy-free chocolate kahlúa!



For the homemade kahlúa

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup cold brew
  • 2 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 shot rum (1-oz)

For the martini

  • 1/2 cup homemade kahlúa
  • double shot espresso, chilled
  • 2 shots vodka (2-oz)
  • Toppings, optional (chocolate shavings, espresso beans, etc.)


For the homemade kahlúa

  1. In a blender or in an air-tight container, add all the kahlúa ingredients. Shake or blend well until the cacao powder is dissolved and the mixture is frothy. If using a jar, make sure to keep a finger on the lid when shaking.

For the martini

  1. Add the homemade kahlúa, espresso, and vodka to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for at least 30 seconds. This is they key to the froth. The more you shake, the more froth your martini will have.
  2. Pour into two martini glasses and garnish with toppings if desired like chocolate shavings and/or espresso beans and enjoy!


Almond milk substitutes : Any nut milk will work in this recipe. For a super creamy kahlúa, try coconut milk!

Cold brew and espresso substitutes : If you don't have cold brew or espresso on hand, strong coffee will work as well. Just make sure it's chilled and not pipping hot. Place a cup of strong coffee in the fridge for a few minutes before using it in the cocktail.

Storing the kahlúa : You will have some left over kahlúa with this martini recipe. It's best stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. Separation will naturally occur so be sure to give the jar a few shakes before use. It will keep for up to a week in the fridge.

  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Shake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chocolate espresso martini, homemade kahlúa, vegan espresso martini