Chocolate Espresso Martini

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 5 min.


1 serving

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
After-dinner drinks and dessert come together delightfully in this chocolate espresso martini that's sure to perk up java lovers. A drizzle of chocolate syrup on the inside of the glass adds an easy flair. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Chocolate Espresso Martini Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • Ice cubes
  • 2-1/2 ounces chocolate liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce brewed espresso
  • 1/2 ounce vanilla-flavored vodka
  • Optional: Chocolate syrup and chocolate shavings


  1. Fill a mixing glass or tumbler three-fourths full with ice. Add chocolate liqueur, espresso and vodka; stir until condensation forms on outside of glass. Strain vodka mixture into glass and if desired, garnish with chocolate syrup and chocolate shavings.
Chocolate Espresso Martini Tips

Can you use instant espresso to make a chocolate espresso martini?

If you don't have a fancy espresso machine, you can certainly use instant espresso instead. Generally, you can mix 1 round teaspoon of espresso powder with 6 ounces hot or boiling water to yield one 6-ounce cup of instant espresso. You can also use strongly brewed coffee to make chocolate espresso martinis, if you wish. Either way, espresso powder or coffee truly bump up the flavor of chocolate—it's a great secret ingredient for chocolate desserts.

How can you make a chocolate espresso martini your own?

You can always play up the proportions in this martini, according to your tastes. Like a little more coffee flavor? Increase the brewed espresso to 1 ounce, and decrease the chocolate liqueur by 1/2 ounce. Like a little more vanilla flavor? Increase the vanilla vodka to 1 ounce and, similarly, decrease the chocolate liqueur accordingly.

What other garnishes can you put on a chocolate espresso martini?

This chocolate espresso martini recipe is a variation of the classic espresso martini, which has made a huge comeback since the '90s. Many espresso martinis float a few coffee beans on top, and you can do the same to garnish this recipe. We chose to dip the rim of the glass in chocolate syrup and sprinkle a bit of grated chocolate on top as well. If you choose to use grated chocolate as a garnish, know that milk, dark, or even white chocolate all work just fine. If you can't get enough coffee cocktails like this one, try any of our Kahlua cocktail recipes next.

Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 martini: 326 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 9mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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