Vanilla Espresso Martini

Dec 18, 2022 | Drinks, Food

Happy Tuesday everyone!  We are day 20 of The 24 Days Before Christmas and this Vanilla Espresso Martini is the best way to kick off the holidays!  Sweet, rich, with hints of honey, vanilla, Kahlua, and coffee  shaken with ice and poured into a gorgeous stag martini glass from TJMaxx!
I found this recipe on Half Baked Harvest and had to make it.  Mr. TAL and I followed the instructions and ingredients.  If you’ve followed me for a while now, I either create a recipe of my own, follow a family recipe, or find recipes that I want to try and change them to my liking but not this one 🙂
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How to improvise when you don’t have the exact dishes and ingredients:
– This recipe calls for using a cocktail shaker but we improvised by using a hot/cold thermos for shaking and pouring and it worked out fine!
– I did not have a vanilla bean and instead used vanilla extract.
– Instead of making the vanilla sugar, I dipped the rim of my glass in a plate of water and then into a plate of granulated sugar to get the sugary crystals around the rim.
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This recipe makes enough for 6 people!  I’m really not a martini drinker but this one I do like.  I’m not in the know when it comes to martini language so I thought I’d do some research!  Here’s to enjoy the holiday week and ringing in the holidays with a martini!  Enjoy!
Way to order and enjoy a martini:
Stirred: a martini that is chilled in a cocktail glass with ice, then strained into a separate glass.
On the rocks: a martini that is served in a rocks glass with ice cubes.
With a twist: a martini served with a twist of lemon peel.
Gibson: a martini served with a cocktail onion.
Want more holiday drinks, check out my posts here:
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Vanilla Espresso Martini

A sweet delicious twist on a martini!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Martini, vanilla, honey, vodka, Kahlua, espresso, vanilla sugar, sugar, ice
Author: Two Adorable Labs


Vanilla Honey

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla or 1 vanilla bean
  • vanilla sugar (for rim, optional)
  • 1/4 cup water


  • 1 1/2 oz (3 tablespoons) vodka
  • 1/ 12 oz (3 tablespoons) Kahlua
  • 1 oz espresso

Vanilla Sugar

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder or 1/2 vanilla bean seeds scraped


Honey syrup

  • In a medium pot, bring 1/4 cup water the honey, and vanilla to boil over high heat
  • Boil 2-3 minutes, then remove from the heat. Let cool
  • This syrup makes enough for approximately 6 drinks

Vanilla Sugar

  • Mix 1/4 cup granulated sugar with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder or 1/2 a vanilla bean, seeds scraped


  • In a cocktail shaker, combine 2-3 teaspoons honey syrup, vodka, Kahlua, and espresso
  • Add ice and shake for 1 minute
  • Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a couple of coffee beans if you like

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