This Baileys Espresso Martini has a rich and creamy taste. This cocktail is the perfect after-dinner drink or for the upcoming holiday season!
This Bailey’s martini is such a fun drink! It’s perfect for Christmas or New Year gatherings. It’s creamy and full of coffee flavor.
This cocktail is ready within minutes with some primary home bartending tools.
- Baileys: For this recipe, I used Baileys Espresso Crème. This Bailey’s variations will give it an additional creaminess and more coffee flavor.
- Kahlua: I love Kahlua so much. It’s the most famous rum and coffee liqueur. We will use equal parts of Kahlua and Bailey’s.
- Vodka: I used Tito’s vodka, but you can use any vodka you prefer.
- Half-and-half: For extra creaminess, we are using half-and-half. It goes so well with the liqueur.
- Ice: I used crushed ice for this recipe. Since you will be shaking the cocktail for just 5-10 seconds, there is no worry that the crushed ice will water out the martini.
See recipe card for quantities.
Does Baileys Need to be Refrigerated
There is always that dilemma when it comes to storing this creamy liqueur. The short answer is no, but here are some tips to make sure you store it properly, even after you open the bottle.
- You can store it outside the fridge, but make sure the temperature does not go above 77 Fahrenheit (or 25 Celsius). Keep it in the dark space, away from direct sunlight and heat.
- When you open the bottle, make sure to seal the bottle tightly.
Why You’ll Love This Cocktail
- Creamy and delicious
- Simple to make
- Basic bartender tools needed
Equipment and Tools Needed
As for any other martini, you’ll need some essential home bartending tools to make this cocktail.
- A cocktail shaker
- A strainer
- Something to measure the liqueur, like jigger
- Chill the glass in the freezer.
- Add ice halfway into the cocktail shaker and add liqueur and half-and-half.
- Shake vigorously for 5-10 seconds. This step is crucial.
- Stir into a chilled glass and add your favorite garnishes.
Expert Tips and Tricks
- Shake vigorously: To ensure the martini will be chilled entirely, all ingredients incorporated, and you have the most creamy and foamy drink, I highly suggest shaking it good for at least 5-10 seconds.
- Chill the martini glasses: I always chill my glasses in the freezer for at least 5-10 minutes before making a cocktail. This will ensure the drink stays chilled longer.
- Use crushed ice: I suggest using crushed ice and straining it carefully when pouring it into a glass for a creamier and frothier cocktail.
Substitutions and Variations
This martini has a very sweet taste, so if you would like to change it up a little bit, here are some options:
- Replace Baileys Espresso Crème for the regular Baileys liqueur.
- For additional creaminess, use heavy cream instead of half-and-half.
How to Serve
Pour the martini into a chilled martini or coupe glass to properly serve it. It is essential to use a large glass due to the numerous ingredients used.
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- Baileys Mint Martini
- S’mores Martini
- White Russian with Kahlua Recipe
- Peppermint Espresso Martini
- Gin Espresso Martini
- Godiva Chocolate Martini
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Baileys Espresso Martini
- 1 cocktail shaker
- 1 strainer
- 1 jigger (to measure the liqueur)
- 1.5 oz Kahlua
- 1.5 oz Baileys Espresso Crème
- 0.5 oz Vodka
- 3 oz half-and-half
- crushed ice (fill the shaker halfway)
- Put the martini glass in the freezer for at least 5-10 minutes.
- Fill the cocktail shaker halfway with crushed ice.
- Add the liqueur and half-and-half.
- Shake vigorously for 5-10 seconds. This step is the most important.
- Using the cocktail strainer, strain into a chilled glass and add your favorite toppings. I added a little bit of cinnamon and cocoa powder and whole coffee beans.
- This recipe yields only one martini, but feel free to double the recipe and add all ingredients to the same cocktail shaker. There will be plenty of space.