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These Espresso Martini Shots are easy to make with 4 ingredients in under 5 minutes. They are great for making for a large group of friends.
Espresso martinis are popular both in summer and winter around the holidays. For other winter Christmastime shot recipes, try these Kahlua Pudding Shots, these Gingerbread Shots or this Carrot Cake Shot.
While these Espresso Martini Shots are based off of the classic recipe, there are lots of espresso martini variations that make great cocktails, such as this Peppermint Espresso Martini, this Pumpkin Espresso Martini or this White Chocolate Espresso Martini.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Easy to Make — All you need are 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make a large batch of these espresso shots!
- Winter & Summer Recipe — This recipe works as a both a holiday Christmas & Thanksgiving recipe, or a summer recipe — it is popular all year round!
- Classic Recipe — These shots are basically a mini version of the classic espresso martini recipe (with maybe a slight bit of extra sweetness — which is perfect for a shot).
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Espresso: Use freshly brewed, high quality espresso. You can use regular coffee or cold brew as a substitute, but you won’t get the same frothy foam on top of the shot.
- Kahlua: Kahlua is a coffee liqueur that is used in all espresso martini recipes. You can substitute it for another type of coffee liqueur if needed.
- Vodka: Use your favorite type of regular vodka. You can also use a flavored substitute for a sweeter espresso shot. Whipped cream vodka or vanilla vodka would work well with this recipe.
- Chocolate Syrup: Use a store bought chocolate simple syrup or make your own chocolate syrup at home. Instead of chocolate syrup, you can substitute it for this brown sugar syrup.
How To Make Espresso Martini Shots
Step 1: Pour the espresso, Kahlua, vodka and chocolate syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Step 2: Shake well and strain into 3 shot glasses.
- Shake well. Shake these shots vigorously for a full 30 seconds before pouring them. This really helps to create the classic foam that appears on top of an espresso martini.
- Add extra syrup. Espresso martinis as cocktails are not overly sweet, but in a shots form, you may enjoy a sweeter version. If this is the case, you can increase the amount of chocolate syrup you add.
- Add garnish. Add some garnish to make your espresso martini shots look presentable. Some ideas include a brown sugar rim on the shot glasses or a few chocolate covered coffee beans.
Depending on if you serve these shots in shot glasses or shooter glasses, this recipe will make about 2 to 4 shots.
To get the classic foam on top of an espresso martini, it is important to use freshly brewed espresso (rather than coffee or cold brew) and to shake the shots very well in a cocktail shaker.
For a non alcoholic version, serve this Espresso Martini Mocktail recipe in shot glasses.