When mixing up an espresso or coffee based martini the important thing to remember is proportion, proportion, proportion! Through experimentation (some successes, some failures, but all enjoyable) we find that the best espresso martinis always have approximately equal parts coffee and flavor (liquor, syrup, etc.) to vodka (or alternative spirit). While you can vary the proportions slightly, if you stick to this basic method, you can’t go wrong!
Beyond that, pair coffee to your alcohol much like you would pair food and coffee. If you are using a sweet liqueur, try a sweet coffee. If you are going for full on chocolate, why not use chocolate toned or chocolate flavored coffee, combined with chocolate liquor? For a nutty cocktail try nut toned coffee! Below are some of our favorite espresso martini recipes to get you started. Enjoy!