How to make a frozen espresso martini

Cue Hannah Montana, because this summery cocktail is the best of both worlds. The perfect blend of classic espresso martini and frappe, this frozen espresso martini is everything you could want in a happy hour drink during the summer. With a little caffeine and ice mixed in to cool you down and plenty of vodka, this cocktail refreshes you and gives you a little energy boost at the end of a hard day’s work.

If you haven’t spent a lot of time on TikTok and haven’t seen one of these foodie creators make a frozen espresso martini, we’ll show you exactly how to make it. Make sure you have a high-powered blender and pretty martini glasses or coupes to serve!

@employee I had a frozen espresso martini for the first time a few weeks ago out to eat and had to recreate it at home ☕️ 🍸 Hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did! – – – – 2 ounces brewed espresso 2 ounces vodka 2 ounces coffee liqueur 1 ounce coffee creamer 1. Pour espresso into ice cube tray. freeze until hardened 2. Combine iced coffee cubes, coffee liqueur, vodka and coffee creamer in a blender. Even smooth blend. This makes 1 drink, doubled to make 2! #martini #espresso # coffee # coffee #choosingbalance #espresso martini #cocktail # drinks #happy hour # Recipes ♬ Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac

Made with four simple ingredients, this blended drink is delicious enough to finish in a few gulps—but hold back. Brain freeze side effect!

How to make a frozen espresso martini


  • 2 ounces frozen espresso
  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 2 ounces of coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce coffee creamer
  • Optional coffee beans


Step 1: Freeze the espresso

Brew a few batches of espresso at home, then let them cool before pouring silicone ice cube trays Freezes. Making a few trays of espresso cubes makes it easy to prepare for those moments when you’re ready for a martini.

Step two: measure out the ingredients

Measure your ingredients with a Geiger cocktail. (For frozen cubes, 1 cubic inch is equal to 1 ounce.) Pour your ingredients into your blender.

Editor’s tip: If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, 2 ounces of liquid is pretty much equal to 1/4 cup, and 1 ounce is 2 tablespoons.

Step 3: Mix your ingredients

Mix the ingredients until they come together and the espresso cubes are completely crushed.

Step 4: Serve it in a glass

Pour your drink into a martini glass or coupe, then garnish with a few espresso beans, if desired. Sip and enjoy right away before it melts!

Tips for making the best frozen espresso martini

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Can I use cold brew instead of espresso?

Wondering why the espresso martini has such a strong coffee flavour? Because it uses shots of espresso and not a diluted iced coffee. While cold brew is sometimes stronger than iced coffee, the final product has been diluted with water and won’t have the same strong coffee flavor you’d want in a frozen espresso martini.

However, some experts say that cold brew concentrate — the thick, syrup-like substance that’s made before being diluted with water — can work well as a substitute for espresso in a martini. It tastes quite strong and could work well since it’s already cold brewed.

Using cold brew concentrates also means that you don’t have to wait as long for your espresso to cool and harden. Alternatively, use this concentrate and a few ice cubes to give it that frozen texture, and you’ll have a frozen espresso martini ready to be enjoyed anytime you want. No need to prepare!

Can I use different flavors of vodka?

naturally! Traditional vodka is used to prepare the classic espresso martini, but you can give your drink a special touch with flavored vodka. Try caramel, chocolate, candy, raspberry, strawberry, or even mint.

Can’t you find flavored vodka? Then grab a flavored coffee creamer you like – or try making a batch of homemade coffee creamer to have on hand at five o’clock!

How do I keep a frozen cocktail?

There’s nothing quite as exciting as sipping on an iced cocktail on a hot summer day, and nothing more awful than watching that delicious iced cocktail melt within minutes of making it. Don’t worry—there’s actually a simple trick to slowing down the melting process so you can sip your frozen espresso martini with ease.

All you need is some xanthan gum. Yes, the ingredient commonly used to thicken and hold foods together (like gluten-free bread). But it can also be used in frozen drinks so they can hold and won’t separate and melt quickly in the summer sun. You don’t need much — just 1/8 teaspoon per cocktail should do.

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