Cold Brew Espresso Martini

Published ~ February 23rd, 2021 | Updated ~ March 28th, 2021
Author ~ Carl Busch
Tags ~ Vodka | Mr Black |

Sometimes you don't know whether you need a coffee or a cocktail. You can have both with the cold brew espresso martini. It'll wake you up and fuck you up.

I was never a coffee drinker, but recently, my wife's dependence has me drinking it more and more. I don't need my morning coffee to function, but I really enjoy a good cup of coffee now.

Even when I didn't like drinking the stuff, I always enjoyed the smell of coffee. And I was never opposed to a coffee cocktail, specifically a White Russian. I can't deny that cream and coffee are a delicious combination.

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Cold Brew Espresso Martini Recipe


  • .5 oz demerara syrup
  • 2 oz cold espresso
  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • 2 oz mr black
mr black cold brew coffee
pearl vanilla vodka


  1. Combine all ingredients into a tin
  2. Add ice
  3. Shake hard for 15 - 20 seconds
  4. Double strain over ice

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When I had my first espresso martini, I realized that it's basically an upgraded version of a White Russian. It is an excellent modern-ish classic cocktail that sounds enjoyable at any time of the day.

I decided to make a cold brew espresso martini because I prefer cold-brewed coffee. I just don't like drinking hot beverages that much.

I was inspired to create this cocktail because we were recently introduced to Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur. Unlike Kahlua, Mr. Black's coffee flavor is rich and dark, with just a hint of sweetness.

Mr. Black was the cold brew component I wanted while keeping the cocktail true to the classic espresso martini.

Mr. Black is a beautifully crafted spirit. I had to know how they made a liquor that actually tastes like a good cup of coffee?

After a quick google search, I learned their secret. They are actually a coffee roaster. They use their own coffee beans to make the cold brew coffee they infuse with vodka. If you can find a bottle, I recommend picking up one...or three.

On to the rest of the cocktail: I had to make espresso. Riley taught me that it isn't just a type of coffee and depends on the brewing process. So, we bought a cheap espresso machine. It was hard to justify spending $500 on a fancy machine to try a recipe. I think Riley still hopes someday I'll be able to rationalize it.

After I made the espresso for the cocktail, I put it in the fridge for a couple of hours. I wanted the espresso to be nice and cold to make sure the ice didn't melt and dilute the cocktail too much.

Since Mr. Black is more bitter forward than sweet, I need something to help balance it, so I used a 2 to 1 demerara syrup. This gives the cocktail enough sweetness and a little more body than just using standard simple syrup.

Using vanilla vodka gives the cocktail more depth of flavor without overpowering it. It also works well since Mr. Black is a vodka-based liqueur.

If you are looking for an upgraded espresso martini for people who enjoy a good, strong cup of coffee, this is the drink for you!

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