Frozen Espresso Martini: Cooled Down Coffee Cocktail 2024

The Frozen Espresso Martini is a refreshing twist on the classic cocktail that has taken the world by storm. Unlike its traditional counterpart, which is served at room temperature, this version is blended with ice to achieve a creamy and slushie-like consistency.

There are basically two methods to make Frozen Espresso Martini. One way is to freeze espresso or strong coffee into cubes before combining them with the other ingredients in a blender or just making an espresso martini and mixing it with regular ice cubes in a blender.

However, the first method ensures that the coffee flavor remains undiluted, as traditional ice cubes can water down the drink.

Necessary Ingredients & Equipment


  • Espresso: 2 ounces (use double brewed coffee as an alternative)
  • Vodka or Gin: 1 ½ ounces
  • Coffee Liqueur: 1 ounce (Kahlúa or similar)
  • Simple Syrup: ½ ounce (adjust based on sweetness preference)
  • Ice: About 1 ½ cups (or frozen coffee cubes for extra flavor)

Equipment and Glassware

  • Blender: Capable of crushing ice
  • Glassware: Chilled martini glasses or coupe martini glasses
  • Measuring tools: Jigger or measuring spoons (1 oz = 2 tablespoons)
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Step-by-Step Instructions

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1. Step

Prepare Ice: If using espresso, pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid. Otherwise, you can also make normal ice cubes with water, but bear in mind that your frozen espresso martini will be diluted.

2. Step

Blend: Combine frozen espresso or ice cubes, vodka, coffee liqueur, and simple syrup in a blender.

3. Step

Consistency: Blend until smooth, adjusting ice to achieve desired thickness.

4. Step

Garnishing Tips: Place 3 coffee beans or sprinkle coffee powder on top of your Frozen Espresso Martini for a traditional garnish.

Health and Safety Considerations

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For those of you who are curious, here’s the nutritional information for the Frozen Espresso Martini.

Caffeine Content

Your frozen espresso martini contains caffeine, primarily from the espresso beans or brewed espresso used in the recipe. The amount of caffeine can vary based on the coffee’s strength and the size of the drink.

To put it into perspective:

  • Brewed Coffee: Typically contains about 95 mg of caffeine per 8 oz.
  • Espresso: Usually has about 64 mg of caffeine per 1 oz. shot.

Listed below is a handy caffeine comparison table for your reference:

Beverage TypeCaffeine Content (approx.)
Brewed Coffee (8 oz.)95 mg
Espresso (1 oz.)64 mg
Frozen Espresso Martini*Varies on recipe

*Note: The total caffeine content in your cocktail will depend on the number of espresso or coffee ice cubes used.

Responsible Consumption

Enjoying a frozen espresso martini means also being mindful of your alcohol intake. This cocktail typically contains both vodka and a coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua, which contributes to its overall alcohol content.

As with any alcoholic beverage:

  • Always drink in moderation.
  • Do not operate vehicles or machinery after consumption.

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FAQ – Frozen Espresso Martini

How do I make a Frozen Espresso Martini at home?

To make a Frozen Espresso Martini at home, you will need espresso, gin or vodka, and coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa) as the basic ingredients. Blend the espresso with the alcohol, coffee liqueur, and ice until you achieve a smooth, slushy consistency. Serve it immediately to enjoy its frosty texture.

What ingredients are needed to make a Frozen Espresso Martini with Baileys?

When making a Frozen Espresso Martini with Baileys, include chilled espresso, Baileys Irish Cream, gin or vodka, and ice. The Baileys replaces traditional coffee liqueur like Kahlúa, adding a creamy texture and a hint of Irish whiskey flavor to the cocktail.

How does Kahlua affect the taste of a Frozen Espresso Martini?

Kahlua, a coffee-flavored liqueur, imparts a rich, sweet coffee taste and a velvety texture to your Frozen Espresso Martini. Its inclusion balances the strong coffee and vodka, adding depth and slight sweetness to the cocktail profile.

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