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Perk up with this creamy Coffee Martini! It’s the ideal after dinner drink: coffee, Kahlua and Irish cream with a crunchy coffee bean rim.

Coffee martini

Calling all coffee lovers! Here’s the caffeinated coffee cocktail for you: the Coffee Martini! It’s smooth, frothy and creamy: and the best part? A crunchy coffee bean rim. Watch out: these go down easy! Each sip is a burst of flavor, pairing bitter coffee with sweet vanilla, creamy chocolate and the fruity finish of Irish whiskey. It’s the ideal after dinner drink for coffee addicts (like us). Here’s how to make it!

What’s in a coffee martini?

The Coffee Martini is a vodka martini made with coffee: and it’s different from the Espresso Martini. The Espresso Martini is a classic cocktail invented in the 1980’s made with espresso, vodka, and Kahlua. This coffee martini is a little more free-form: there’s not an exact definition like there is with an espresso martini. So we took the ideas and ran with them to create our own version!

This Coffee Martini pairs the rich creaminess of Irish cream with the traditional vodka and Kahlua combination. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Coffee, brewed using any method
  • Vodka
  • Coffee liqueur (like Kahlua or other)
  • Irish cream (like Baileys or other)
  • Coffee beans and sugar, for the rim
Coffee martini

Make the coffee using any method!

Use whatever coffee method you like for this Coffee Martini! You may want to use decaf coffee if you’re serving this as an after dinner drink and don’t want to stay up all night. But if you love an after dinner coffee, full strength (and we do), go for it! Here are some of our favorite methods for brewing:

  • Pour over: We used a Chemex to make pour over coffee for this cocktails, which we use every morning
  • Aeropress: The Aeropress is great for making a single cup of coffee: and it’s very economical!
  • Coffee maker: Any coffee maker you have will do
  • Espresso maker: You can also make an Americano for this coffee if you have an espresso maker

How to make a coffee rim

The best part about this Coffee Martini? The crunchy coffee rim! Coating the rim in coffee beans and sugar intensifies the bitter coffee and sweetness in every sip. There’s something about the sensory experience that makes this drink even more fun (also true for the salt rim in a classic margarita). Here’s more about how to make this coffee rim:

  • Grind the coffee beans very finely. You’ll only need a handful of beans.
  • Place it in a flat layer on a plate with the same amount of sugar.
  • Wet the glass rim. We actually used the wet coffee filter from our coffee to rim it!
  • Dip the outer edge of the rim into the glass, gently turning the rim. All you need is the outside of the glass to be covered, not the inside.

And that’s it! The rim really steps up this drink. Let us know what you think of it in the comments below!


All about Kahlua

Kahlua is a type of coffee liqueur: the most popular brand in the world, in fact! Here’s what to know about this popular liqueur:

  • Kahlua is a coffee liqueur made in Mexico with rum, sugar and coffee. Contrary to what you might think, there’s no dairy at all! Kahlua is naturally dark brown in color and tastes like sweetened coffee. Kahlua has caffeine, but only about 25% as much as the same volume of coffee.
  • How much does Kahlua cost? Kahlua is mid-priced: it costs about $15 to $20 for a large 750 ml bottle.
  • What other cocktails can you make with it? So many! Try popular Kahlua drinks like the White RussianMudslideB-52, Mind Eraser, Colorado BulldogBushwacker and more.

Use any Irish cream (Baileys or other)

The other required element in a Coffee Martini is the Irish cream, which adds a rich and creamy body. Irish cream is a liqueur made with Irish whiskey, cream, and surprisingly: chocolate! The most popular Irish cream is Baileys, but there are other brands, too. When we made this drink, we used an Irish cream called Five Farms.

Coffee martini

There are lots of riffs similar to this Coffee Martini that pair the flavors of coffee, chocolate, and cream — or that classic combination of Kahlua and Irish cream. Here are a few more to try:

When to serve a Coffee Martini

The Coffee Martini is the perfect dessert drink for after dinner, or just anytime you need a sweet treat in cocktail form! Try it as a:

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Coffee martini

Coffee Martini

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Perk up with this creamy Coffee Martini! It’s the ideal after dinner drink: coffee, Kahlua and Irish cream with a crunchy coffee bean rim.


  • 2 ounces* coffee, slightly cooled (use decaf if desired)
  • 1 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce Kahlua (or other coffee liqueur like Tia Maria or Sheridan’s)
  • ½ ounce Irish cream (Bailey’s or other)
  • For the rim: equal parts finely ground coffee beans and granulated sugar, for the garnish


  1. Make the coffee, using your favorite method (pour over, Aeropress or other).
  2. Wet the rim of the cocktail glass. Place the finely ground coffee beans and sugar on a plate, and tilt the outside rim of the glass into the mixture so that it coats the outer rim. 
  3. Place the coffee, vodka, Kahlua, and Irish cream in a cocktail shaker. Add 2 handfuls ice and shake until cold. Strain into the prepared cocktail glass. 


*For converting to tablespoons: 2 ounces = 4 tablespoons or ¼ cup. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Coffee martini

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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