Learn how to make your own Espresso Martini, using Caffeluxe Nespresso Compatible Pods or Dolce Gusto Compatible Capsules. Create the perfect brew that will make your espresso martini burst with intense coffee flavours and take your cocktail making skills to the next level.

Our Friends Nespresso Compatible Range and Dolce Gusto Compatible Coffee Pods come in different flavours and variants for all coffee lovers. This means you can jazz up your drinks every time with new types of coffees leaving your guests in total amazement at the unexpected flavoursome twists you accomplish with the swirl of each drink! Let's dive in, shall we?

Espresso Martini Recipe

Serves 2


For your simple syrup
  • 170g Brown or White Castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


For your Martini
  • Ice
  • 100ml Vodka of your choice
  • 50ml Espresso shot of any of your preferred Caffeluxe coffee pod
  • 50ml coffee liqueur of choice
  • Garnish with a topping of your choice


Method - syrup

  1. Boil the kettle
  2. Once water has boiled, add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Let it cool completely


Method - Martini

Step 1
Place your 2 Martini glasses in the fridge to chill.

Step 2
Starting with your simple syrup is the first step in creating this amazing martini. Simple syrup is a staple in any cocktail journey. Combine castor sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil by stirring constantly.

Step 3
Make your espresso shot with our Friends Aluminium Range Nespresso Compatible Pods or one of our Dolce Gusto Compatible Coffee Pods. Depending on your coffee preference, you may enjoy this martini in your own way. Place our Nespresso compatible capsule in your machine and brew 50ml (espresso shot).

Step 4
Once your simple syrup has cooled down, add a tablespoon to a cocktail shaker. Fill it 3 quarters of the way with ice. Now add your vodka, coffee liqueur and your caffeluxe espresso.
Shake the mixture until it feels extremely cold to the touch.

Step 5
Time to strain your martini into the glass that you chilled. You can garnish with coffee beans or any topping of your choice.

Don't have a Nespresso® or Dolce Gusto® machine? Not to worry! You can also use our Friends Instant coffee


Recipe adapted from: Miriam Nice

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