Cocktails, Drinks, Vegan Food

Vanilla Espresso Martini for 2


Happy Friday! Who is ready to make a drink that is so ~fancy~ you won’t even believe you made it yourself? I have always seen those boujie Australian influencers on Instagram drinking espresso martinis and envied them. I have never seen an espresso martini here in Halifax. Are we uncool? Do I go to the wrong bars? Who knows. But my friend Pat showed us how to make an espresso martini a few weekends ago and I was instantly hooked.

The best way I can describe the flavour is like a delicious vanilla iced latte… plus vodka. The vodka part seems weird, I know. I love coffee but I didn’t know how I would feel about coffee and vodka. But trust me- it WORKS.

If you too want to experience the wonder that is alcoholic iced coffee in a fancy glass, then look no further. Its easier than you think, more delicious than you think, and just that extra bit of fun we are all hoping for this holiday season.

We start off by making our own vanilla simple syrup. Don’t worry, its so easy! Its just boiling sugar, water and vanilla until its a bit thickened. Easy peasy. Then, the cocktail is just 3 things added to a cocktail shaker or mason jar with a lid, plus some ice, and voila. It froths on top, gets nice and cold, and is just so fancy looking.

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Vanilla Espresso Martini for 2

  • Author: Liv B
  • Yield: 2 martinis


A vegan espresso martini with homemade vanilla simple syrup.


Vanilla Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract


  • 2 double shots of espresso
  • 2 shots vodka
  • 2 shots vanilla simple syrup
  • handful of ice
  • 6 coffee beans, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a small pot on medium heat, add the sugar, water and vanilla and bring to a gentle simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool- it will thicken a bit more as it cools.
  2. Brew 2 double shots of espresso, or about 1/3 cup of very strong coffee.
  3. To a cocktail shaker or large mason jar, add the ice, coffee, vodka and syrup. I use a single shot glass (1 ounce) to measure the alcohol and syrup.
  4. Shake vigorously for about 1 minute until nice and cold. Strain into two martini glasses. Top with a few coffee beans, for garnish. Serve immediately.

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