Espresso Martini Recipe

Recipe Called Midnight Espresso

Restaurant Drink Recipe

This restaurant drink recipe for an Espresso Martini was given to me years ago by a long time restaurant guest.

He wrote the recipe on seven index cards, one for each of the bartenders and one for the lounge recipe file (which is now on the lounge computer). :-)

He said this was exactly the way he liked the espresso and vodka drink and wanted everyone to make it exactly the same way regardless of who was working.

He even had a suggested price on the index cards, which was 25 cents more than what I had to charge to make the percentage.

He always ordered this espresso-martini drink whenever he came in and soon had five or six other regular guests ordering it occasionally. They still do so today. Thanks, Howard!

Espresso Martini Recipe

Restaurant Drink Recipe

Preparation time: 4 minutes. Serves 1.



  • 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce hazelnut liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Irish Cream
  • 1/2 ounce fresh chilled espresso
  • Ice
  • Chocolate sprinkles or curls or small chocolates



  • Make your espresso and chill ahead
  • Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice
  • Shake vigorously and then strain into a well-chilled Martini glass  (It should be frothy)
  • Garnish with chocolate sprinkles or curls or small chocolates (as shown) and serve

Howard always said this was the only way he could stand to drink espresso! :-)

Enjoy your Martini with espresso and the company of those you share it with. And thanks again, Howard. You have a real restaurant recipe! - Donna

Did you know? Espresso was apparently invented in Italy at the beginning of the 1900's by Luigi Bezzera of Milan who invented a method of making coffee with steam pressure.

This method provided a quick way of making a single cup of coffee, "espressly" for one.