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How to Make an Irish Espresso Martini Recipe

This gorgeous, boozy post-dinner drink combines Irish cream, espresso, and half & half cream, it is garnished with coffee beans to add to the beautiful look of this coffee cocktail. The Irish Espresso Martini recipe is below, cheers.

Here’s What You’re Going to Need

  • Irish cream (Baileys)
  • Espresso
  • Half and half cream
  • Ice cubes
  • Coffee beans to garnish
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Coupe Glass

Irish Espresso Martini Recipe

Irish espresso martini recipe

Delicious Irish espresso cocktail recipe perfect for any occasion!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: espresso martini, irish cocktail recipe, Irish espresso drink recipe
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 199kcal


  • Cocktail Shaker



  • 2 oz Irish cream
  • 2 oz espresso
  • 1/2 oz milk
  • ice cubes


  • 3 coffee beans



  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Irish cream, espresso, and milk.
    a bartender is pouring ice into a shaker over top of a table
  • Shake well for about 20-30 seconds.
    bartender mixing a cocktail using a shaker over top of a prep table
  • Pour the into a cocktail glass


  • Garnish with a few coffee beans & enjoy!



Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 65mg | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 16mg
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History of The Irish Espresso Martini

The espresso martini is a cocktail name that all but the most casual of drinkers are familiar with, but it was not always recognized as such. Invented by Dick Bradsell in 1983 during his time at the Soho Brasserie, it’s original name was the  “Vodka Espresso “.  The story has it, a young, future supermodel came into the bar and asked Dick to make her a drink with coffee. Using vodka, sugar, coffee liqueur and a shot of espresso, he made her a cocktail. It’s a tale that helped the drink maintain an edginess that many newer cocktails struggled to reproduce.

Irish Espresso martini cocktail sitting on a black table garnished with three coffee beans and a nice coffee froth
Espresso Martini Cocktail with coffee bean garnish

Recipe Notes & F.A.Q’s

Is there a different type of liquor I can use?

There are several different brands of irish cream and they will all gove a similar taste, because this is an Irish Espresso Martini, Irish cream is somewhat a must, mixing whisky and half and half cream will give a realtively similar taste but is more difficult and is overall a different drink.

Recipe Note:

This drink does contain caffiene, combining alcohol and caffeine can be dangerous, caffiene can mask the effects of alcohol on the human body. We recommend using decaffinated espresso as a precaution.

Recipe Size Conversion

Do you want to make this cocktail for a party or event? We have you covered. This calculator will tell you how many millilitres you need for every ingredient. All you need to do is type the number of drinks that you would like to make in total.

Some Other Ways This Drink is Made

Irish Espresso Martini Recipe using Vodka

There are several key differences, the use of vodka and cream liqueur instead of Irish cream liqueur.

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