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Chocolate Espresso Martini

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!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate espresso martini, homemade kahlúa, vegan espresso martini
Servings: 2 Martinis
Calories: 229kcal


For the homemade kahlúa

  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup cold brew
  • 2 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1.5 oz rum

For the martini

  • ½ cup homemade kahlúa
  • double shot espresso chilled (substitute ¼ cup strong coffee)
  • 3 oz vodka
  • Toppings optional (chocolate shavings, espresso beans, etc.)


For the homemade kahlúa

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 1mg