Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Espresso Martini is a classic cocktail that traditionally combines vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and sugar syrup. It was created in the 1980s by the famous London bartender Dick Bradsell. As the story goes, a young model approached the bar and asked for a drink that would 'wake her up and then f**k her up.' Bradsell complied, mixing up the first Espresso Martini. The non-alcoholic version caters to those who love the rich, bold flavors of the original but prefer or need to avoid alcohol.

How Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini Tastes?

This non-alcoholic Espresso Martini is rich and velvety, with a robust coffee flavor that's complemented by the aromatic spices of Seedlip Spice 94. It's slightly sweet with a deep, complex profile and a frothy top that adds a luxurious texture.

Interesting facts about Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini

  • The Espresso Martini was part of the coffee cocktail revival in the 1980s.
  • Seedlip Spice 94 is a non-alcoholic spirit made with botanicals like allspice, cardamom, and citrus peel.
  • The garnish of three coffee beans is said to represent health, wealth, and happiness.


Seedlip Spice 94: 1.5 oz

Seedlip Spice 94 is a non-alcoholic distillate known for its aromatic blend of allspice, grapefruit, lemon, and oak, which adds a complex, spicy edge to the mocktail. Too little and you might miss those warming notes; too much and you'll overpower the espresso's starring role.

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Chilled Espresso: 1.25 oz

The heart of the drink, chilled espresso ensures a robust coffee flavor. Make sure it's strong and freshly brewed to shine through the Seedlip Spice. Less espresso can make the drink too mild, more can turn it into a jittery jive.

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Light Brown Sugar Rich Syrup: 0.75 oz

This sweet syrup gives the mocktail subtle caramel tones which meld into the coffee and spice seamlessly. If you skimp on it, your drink may be a tad bitter; overdose, and you're in cloying territory.

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Coffee Beans: 3

A trio of coffee beans as garnish not only looks sophisticated but also importantly imparts slight aroma as you sip. No beans, no problem - you'll just lose some of the olfactory excitement.

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Espresso Powder: Garnish

A dusting of espresso powder can catapult the coffee presence to the forefront. Leave it out, and the drink may lack that last punch of coffee oomph.

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Recipe. How to make Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini Drink

  1. Combine 1 ½ ounces of Seedlip Spice 94, 1 ¼ ounces of chilled espresso, and ¾ ounces of light brown sugar rich syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill the shaker one-third with ice and shake vigorously to encourage aeration and avoid over-diluting the drink.
  3. Fine-strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
  4. Top the drink with excess foam from the strainer.
  5. Garnish with three coffee beans and dust with espresso powder over the top. Serve immediately.

Pro Tips

  • Use freshly brewed espresso for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass before serving to keep the drink cold longer.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously for at least 15 seconds to create a nice froth.

Perfect Pairings

Sweet Treats

Complement the rich coffee notes of the Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini with sweet treats. Dark chocolate truffles add a luxurious touch, while vanilla bean ice cream can offer a creamy contrast.

Salty Snacks

Balance the mocktail's sweetness with savory options. Salted nuts or artisanal cheese such as aged gouda provide a delicious counterbalance.


For a perfect after-dinner pairing, consider tiramisu with its layers of coffee flavor, or a slice of classic New York cheesecake for a rich and satisfying combination.

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What you could change in Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini

  • If Seedlip Spice 94 is unavailable, you can use another non-alcoholic spirit with a spice profile, such as Lyre's Italian Orange.
  • For a sugar-free version, replace the light brown sugar rich syrup with a sugar-free sweetener like stevia or monk fruit syrup.

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Vanilla Cream Espresso Martini

Add a creamy dimension by introducing 1 oz of non-dairy vanilla creamer. This twist adds a sweet vanilla note, creating a silken finish that softens the mocktail's robustness.

Swap out the light brown sugar syrup for vanilla syrup to intensify the vanilla essence. A beautiful layering effect can be achieved by pouring the creamer over the back of a spoon, for those who love a bit of barista craft in their cup.

Caramel Espresso Martini

Inject a rich caramel flavor by replacing the light brown sugar rich syrup with same amount of caramel syrup. The result is a subtly sweeter mocktail that echoes the cozy ambiance of a bookshop cafe.

Consider a light sprinkle of sea salt on top as well for that coveted salted caramel twist. Those who are sweet enough can skip the extra salt!

Chocolate Espresso Martini

Embrace the chocolate lovers by dusting with cocoa powder instead of espresso powder and adding a drizzle of chocolate syrup around the glass before straining the mocktail into it. This chocolatey edition is perfect for unwinding after a long day or for a sweet dessert treat.

A tempting variant for the chocoholics, and also an excuse to bite into that chocolate stash you were saving.

In case you forgot basics how to make Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini

What is Seedlip Spice 94, and is it truly non-alcoholic?

Seedlip Spice 94 is a non-alcoholic spirit that is distilled in a similar manner to traditional gin but without the alcohol content. It brings a complex blend of aromatic spices and botanicals to the drink.

Can I make the Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini caffeine-free?

To make a caffeine-free version of this mocktail, you can use decaffeinated espresso in place of regular espresso.

How important is the quality of the espresso in this recipe?

High-quality espresso is crucial as it's a primary flavor component of this cocktail. A rich and robust espresso will greatly affect the overall taste of your Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini.

Can I prepare this drink in advance?

It's best to prepare the Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini fresh due to the inclusion of espresso and the frothy top created from shaking. However, you can premix and chill the non-espresso ingredients if needed.

Is there a significant taste difference between the alcoholic and non-alcoholic version of an Espresso Martini?

While the foundation of the flavors is similar, the non-alcoholic version will lack the warmth and bite that alcohol provides, offering instead a focus on the coffee and spiced notes.

What is the ideal glass to serve a Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini in?

A chilled coupe or martini glass is ideal as it provides an elegant presentation, and the stem allows you to hold the drink without warming it with your hand.

How do you achieve a frothy top on a mocktail Espresso Martini?

Vigorous shaking with ice is key to creating a frothy top. The inclusion of espresso also aids in forming a nice crema-like foam.

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