Mar 14, 2024

Coffee Cocktails to Celebrate National Espresso Martini Day

We caught up with entertaining guru Paul Zahn to talk about the best recipes to celebrate National Espresso Martini Day (March 15th.)

Paul will be hosting an event at the The Loews Miami Beach Hotel this week but shared his top recipes so our fans could enjoy martinis at home or at their own celebration!

Provided by Paul Zahn/ Loews Miami, Photo Credit: Guy Pugliese

Here are his top picks! Our personal favorite comes from local West Hollywood cocktail book – Once Upon a Cocktail!

Classic Espresso Martini

  • 1 oz Journeyman Red Arrow Vodka
  • 1 oz Caffè Borghetti Espresso Coffee Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz espresso
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake with ice. Strain into a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with espresso beans.
Illustration by Katie Brightside, “Once Upon a Cocktail” book

Cincoro Tequila Espresso Martini

  • 2 oz Cincoro Reposado Tequila
  • 1 shot espresso, freshly pulled and slightly cooled
  • .75 oz Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur
  • Dash of agave
  • Combine all ingredients into a shaker, add ice and shake vigorously until very cold. Double strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  • GARNISH: 3 Coffee Beans


  • 2 oz. Licor 43
  • 2 oz. Espresso
  • Shake ingredient over ice. Pour over fresh ice. GARNISH: Espresso beans

Chocolate Espresso Martini

  • 2 ounces Mozart Chocolate Coffee Liqueur 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce espresso
  • 1/2 oz cream
  • In an iced mixing tin, combine ingredients. Shake and strain into martini glass. GARNISH: Chocolate covered espresso beans

Carajillo Twist:

  • 1.5oz Cincoro Reposado
  • 1 oz Licor 43
  • 0.25 oz Spiced Syrup
  • 2 dashes of Orange bitters 1.5oz Espresso
  • After adding all ingredients fill tin to the top with ice and shake it like your life depends on it. Pour over large cube in rocks glass
  • Garnish: Lemon Pistachio Cannoli

Bottoms up!