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How to make the Ultimate Espresso Martini / Espresso Martini Recipe

How to make the Ultimate Espresso Martini / Espresso Martini Recipe

(For those above drinking age only)

For a drink that was invented only in the late 80s when a supermodel demanded a racy cocktail in a London club, the Espresso Martini collected whole lot of admirers around the world in double quick time.

Whether you fancy yourself as James Bond or the latest covergirl, the Espresso Martini give you a dash and a vigor that is hard to compete with.

Now imagine if you can provide it at home on a Saturday night to your date or even to a room full of friends, won't your stock be sky-high...

Go Straight To The Recipe

An Espresso Martini is a cocktail of espresso coffee, vodka and coffee liqueur with a touch of sugar syrup. With our recipe you can make it in seconds. 

The key to a great Espresso Martini lies in the Espresso or the (un) Espresso, in this case. Get that right and you have something that soothes the soul.  If the coffee doesn't quite cut it, the Espresso Martini will leave you wanting.

At Caffè di Artisan, we have discovered the art of capturing the essence of the Italian espresso into unique home and travel-friendly liquid espresso pods.

Not your Office's Espresso Pods

Espresso pods are of two varieties, ours and the rest.

Our coffee capsules are artisanally extracted over days and come to you in liquid single shot pods. They require no coffee machines at all.

Each Caffè di Artisan coffee pod when opened, will immediately resonate with the tasting notes as described.

Caffè di Artisan: The Modern Espresso...that takes you back to REAL coffee

You may think liquid espresso pods are a fad and one should not mess with a classic. But, history is a lot more complex.

Espresso Timeline

  • 1884 - Angelo Moriondo invents the espresso machine
  • 1901 - Milanese Luigi Bezzera improves original design by adding a boiler and divisions to force steam for a faster brew
  • 1938 - M. Cremonesi to invent a spring piston to the espresso machine giving the world crema for the first time in their Italian espresso
  • 1961 - M. Faema added the electrical machine
  • 1976 - Eric Favre invents coffee pods
  • 2018: Caffè di Artisan infuses the soul of fine coffee back into luxury coffee pods

Think about it sliced white bread has been around for over a hundred years but we do not call it the traditional, gourmet or the best bread there is, do we? Yes, it serves a purpose: that of speed and convenience.

So it was with the Espresso machine. The espresso machine was actually an industrial short-cut - to transform a labor of love into something that was fast and less labor-intensive. But there was a price to pay.

That's because espresso machines force very hot water at high pressure through vulnerable coffee beans. How can this violence, this savagery tease out subtle flavors?

The result is actually predictable: espresso/ coffee machines end up scalding/ burning delicate coffee beans and result in coffee that has burnt and bitter notes.

We have been falsely made to believe that this is the way coffee tastes but that is simply not true.

Espresso machines are really the outdated way of making an espresso. Imagine, making wine by crushing grapes in a machine.

Now you have an option: of an (un) espresso that is a labor of love...but is magically effortless for you. And that transforms your cocktails into works of art.

Ours is exquisite, luxury coffee where each note has been gently teased out of coffee beans over hours and days. Slow coffee that is part of the slow food movement.

We have done the hard work, so that you don't have to.

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How to make a Luxury Espresso Martini at Home. Without Coffee Machines


1 Caffè di Artisan luxury coffee pod*

45 ml vodka

20 ml coffee Liquor

15 ml sugar syrup

1/2 Cup ice cubes

 * Choosing your Caffè di Artisan variant for your Espresso Martini

Recommended variants for Espresso Martini: Niligiri Organique, Malabar, VilasitaBrezèDeCaffè

 Tasting notes and details of each are at the bottom of the recipe.

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  1. Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, cover with a lid and shake vigorously for a few seconds.
  2. Strain and pour into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish with 2-3 coffee beans for the professional touch.


To make sugar syrup: In a saucepan mix together 1/2 cup sugar + 1/2 cup water and stir well to combine. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Cool the syrup completely before using. Keeps well in a jar in the fridge.

If you prefer the recipe in video form here goes

Choice of variant

Here are our recommendations for making your perfect Espresso Martini. 

The Nilgiris Organique: From the 200 year old Frowners estate in the Nilgiris (The Blue Mountains). Organic coffee with intensity of a different scale.

Intensity: Strong Roast: Medium Dark

The Malabar: The fabled iconic monsooned Malabar. Unique notes of the sea.

Intensity: Strong  Roast: Medium Dark

The Indian Vilasita: For a buttery smooth, spicy, nutty espresso with tasting notes of nutmeg, pistachio and cocoa.

Intensity: Medium-strong   Roast: Medium Dark

Brezè: A dark, intense blend of select, premium South American and Asian beans. Complex, spicy notes that dance over the palate, and leave a lingering, heady taste in the mouth.

Intensity: Strong   Roast: Dark

Why machine- made coffee isn't The Real Deal

Machine- made coffees simply don't cut it. Their whole process (or tech, as millennials might put it) is all seriously messed up.

Coffee machines force very hot water at high pressure through delicate coffee grounds, which is the reason for the burnt and bitter taste.

This is no way to treat something so vulnerable. 

How can such violence, this savagery, yield great coffee?

Truly great coffee, extracted slowly and lovingly, does not taste bitter.

In the Caffè di Artisan micro-filtery flavors are teased out from coffee beans over days...not forced out. 

You can taste the difference!

Why we invented Caffè di Artisan liquid coffee pods

Why Drink Yesterday's Coffee?

You treasure quality. Embrace new approaches. Value the artisanal. Care for your health, the environment.

Then why drink an outdated, unhealthy, polluting industrial product?

Caffè di Artisan was born out of rebellion. A rebellion against machine-made coffee.

Can you crush grapes in a machine and get wine?

Caffè di Artisan has re-imagined coffee. Brought back its romance.

Want to know The Secret to The Best Coffee in The World?

(But first, a bit of coffee history: Coffee was never meant to be made by machines. It started out as a slow process. But an ugly compromise, a dirty shortcut, was invented in order to mass-produce coffee: the coffee machine. The Espresso machine was patented in 1884 - It was the start of the industrialization of coffee.)

Here's the way we do it

The world's finest beans. Fresh, Gradient Roasted, Fresh Ground. Then, slow, artisanal extraction, over days in our artisanal micro-filtery with Natural Alkaline Water from the mountains.

Finally packaged into Liquid Single Serve 100% Recyclable Pods/Capsules.

Simply Gorgeous Coffee. Without Machines.

Coffee that's Rich. Smooth. Zesty. Described by Connoisseurs as being The Best Coffee In The World.

Tons of work for us. Magically effortless for you.

Enjoy Espressos, Americanos, Lattés, Cappuccinos, Frappés at home, at work, in hotel rooms, on drives, hikes, picnics! This is True Liberation. The cherry on top: unlike machine pods, our pods are 100% recyclable and widely recycled. So is our paper box.

Our production process uses minimal power and zero effluents. The only by product is coffee grounds which are composted.

Plus, zero power consumption by you (or your coffee shop) as a user. Remember, a coffee machine uses half a million watts a year in power. Yes, you read that right.

We promise you this:

Once you experience Caffè di Artisan, you won't go back to your old coffee. Ever.

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