This amaretto espresso martini is a delicious and sophisticated cocktail. It combines the rich flavor of espresso with the sweet almond flavor of amaretto liqueur.
A classic espresso martini is made with espresso, vodka, and a sweetener like simple syrup or coffee liqeuer. It's a popular cocktail often served as an after-dinner drink or pick-me-up. This amaretto espresso martini uses sweet amaretto liqueur which is a beautiful combination with coffee.
Amaretto is a sweet, almond-flavored liqueur that originated in Italy. The name "amaretto" means "a little bitter" in Italian, referring to the slight bitterness from the almond flavor. It is made from a base of apricot pits, almonds, and other flavorings such as vanilla and sometimes caramel.
For another almond-inspired recipe, check out this amaretto stone sour.
Find the ingredient amounts for this amarettto espresso martini written in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here is a rundown of what you will need.
- Vodka. A good quality, unflavored vodka.
- Amaretto liqueur - Sweet and slightly bitter, the perfect pairing with epsresso.
- Espresso coffee - a shot of freshly brewed espresso, but cooled to room temperature. This is what will give the layer of foam in the espresso martini.
- Simple syrup - Adds a little extra sweetness.
See the recipe card for quantities.
- A cocktail shaker or a tall jar with a lid + a strainer
- Coupe glass or martini glass
When serving a martini, be sure to chill the martini glass. Fill the martini glass with ice while you make up the cocktail.
Once the cocktail is ready, tip the ice from the glass and pour in the martini. A refreshing cold martini is lovely in the hot summer months.
To a cocktail shaker, add vodka, amaretto, and simple syrup.
Add in a shot of cooled espresso. Add on the lid and shake for 15 seconds. This is called a 'dry shake'.
Add in ice and shake again. Pour into a chilled martini glass.
Serve as is, or add on 3 coffee beans for garnish.
- Add a little half-and-half or heavy cream. This makes it similar to an espresso White Russian, but with amaretto it becomes a Blushin Russian. A little bit of cream adds depth and richness.
- Swap the vodka for gin
- Instead of simple syrup, add ½ an oz of Kahlua coffee liqueur.
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- 2oz (60ml) vodka
- ½ oz (15ml) amaretto
- 1oz (30ml) espresso, freshly brewed and cooled
- ½oz (15ml) simple syrup
- Coffee beans for garnish
- Fill a martini glass with ice.
- To a cocktail shaker, add vodka, amaretto and simple syrup. Add in a shot of cooled espresso. Add on the lid and shake for 15 seconds.
- Add in ice and shake again until the cocktail has chilled
- Tip the ice from the martini glass and pour the cocktail into the chilled glass.
- Garnish with 2-3 coffee beans.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g