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Home for the Holidays: Make an Espresso Martini with Baileys

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Delight your guests with a simple drink that tastes like a dessert

Espresso Martini is the "evening drink" par excellence, especially if you live in the United Kingdom (or better, London), the birthplace of this cocktail. It is classified as an after dinner, a drink to be served after the meal, with a high alcohol content, a strong flavor and usually quite sweet.

Baileys - or a more generic Irish Cream - is instead the liqueur of the Christmas holidays, with a warm and enveloping flavor. If you have guests for dinner, or if you decide to round off an evening at home, the Espresso Martini with Baileys is the perfect drink. Baileys is easy to find, and it is probably the most popular brand, and is also suitable for vegans: the dairy free variant is made with almond milk, which can replace the original one. So, in case you're wondering if you can have a Vegan Espresso Martini with Baileys the answer is: yes!

By adding the Baileys, the drink will become very sweet and creamy. The ingredients of the original Espresso Martini recipe are: Vodka, espresso, Kahlua (or other coffee liqueur like Tia Maria or Sheridan's) and sugar. In this case, however, the sugar is eliminated from the recipe, because the Irish Cream is adding the sweetness. The simpler variant of Espresso Martini with Baileys does not even include the use of Kahlua, but if you love coffee, intense and full-bodied flavors then you can add it.

Check below to find the original recipe for the Espresso Martini with Baileys!



  • 2 oz Baileys Espresso Creme Liqueur (or replace with Bailey Almond)

  • 0.25 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka

  • 0.25 oz Espresso

  • Ice


  • Shaker

  • Strainer

  • Martini Glass


We work with chefs from all around the world, which is why we include both imperial (cups/ounces) and metric (grams) measurements. To achieve best results, we highly recommend that you utilize a kitchen scale and follow the metric measurements when possible.

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Add all the ingredients into the shaker with ice, then shake well for about 1 minute. Once done, strain into Martini Glass.


You can add brown sugar on the border of your glass.



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