Holiday Espresso Martini | 12 Days of Drinkmas

Overhead shot of espresso martini with ribbon and a string of Christmas lights

You know it’s the holidays when the winter blend coffee comes out. I look for it every year. We bought three giant Costco bags – not only because they were on sale (well, maybe the third bag was because they were on sale, lol). Mostly because the holiday blend only comes around this time of year, and it’s my go-go juice in Christmas form! What’s better than morning coffee? Holiday blend morning coffee.

Espresso martinis seem to be all the rage recently, so we decided to jump on the wagon – BUT make it HOLIDAY. Take the espresso martini up a notch using holiday blend coffee. This espresso martini is nothing but original once we’re done with it. It will have all the classic holiday spices in the air and your cup!

The key to a good espresso martini is what I like to call the finishing foam. It’s the nice layer of foam you get at the top of the cocktail. The foam layer is created in two folds, using fresh espresso and a vigorous shake. If you don’t have an espresso machine, don’t fret you can substitute it with a good cold brew concentrate.

Holiday Espresso Martini

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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The espresso martini is a nice nightcap for your dinner. A simple cocktail to put a little pep in your step to finish up those long holiday nights. 


  • 4 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. Coffee liqueur – we like Five Farms
  • 2 oz. Espresso – holiday blend coffee (see tips & tricks to add more holiday flavor!)
  • 1 oz. Vanilla simple syrup
  • Ice


  1. Brew coffee and cool completely.
  2. Add ice to a cocktail shaker, add coffee, vodka, coffee liqueur, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds. Strain and pour fast into a martini glass. So foam ends on top.
  4. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and 3 espresso beans.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Cool espresso completely or it will melt the ice. Stick in the fridge or freezer for a couple of minutes to speed up the process.

  • You can add a pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves to your espresso powder before brewing to add more holiday spice flavor.
  • Shake extra hard to create your foam.
  • Make your vanilla simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar, bring to boil to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and add in 1 tsp vanilla extract).

Cheers to the holidays! From us here at WWWW HQ may you all have a safe and wonderful season.