Espresso Yourself: Alcohol-Free Espresso Martini

Elegant and indulgent, this alcohol-free espresso martini is a sophisticated alternative to the traditional after-dinner treat.  

Made with three simple ingredients – double espresso, maple syrup and vanilla extract – it is shaken with ice to create its trademark frothy and velvety texture.

The richness of the espresso layered with the earthly-caramel maple syrup and floral vanilla gives this drink weight and complexity.  If you are abstaining from alcohol, you won’t be disappointed to be served up this bold and delicious delight.


  • 2 oz. (60 ml) freshly made espresso coffee, cooled
  • ½  oz. (15 ml) maple syrup
  • 1 drop of vanilla extract
  • Coffee beans, to garnish (optional)
  • Ice


  • Espresso machine, stove top espresso maker, or kettle for instant espresso
  • Jigger or measuring spoons
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Martini glass


  1. Make a double espresso and leave to cool to room temperature.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add the coffee, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  3. Throw in a handful of ice and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds until the outside of the shaker is very cold.
  4. Strain into a martini glass.
  5. Garnish with 3 coffee beans (optional).

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Alcohol-Free Espresso Martini FAQ

Can I use any type of sweetener instead of maple syrup?
Yes.  If you prefer, you can use a different type of sweetener such as agave nectar, honey or simple syrup (1:1 parts water and sugar).  I find that the maple syrup complements the coffee well and gives a more realistic espresso martini taste.  

Can I make this mocktail ahead of time?
It is best to shake the alcohol-free espresso martini right before serving.  If you’d like to get ahead, you can make and cool the espresso in advance.

Can I use decaf coffee instead of regular coffee?
Yes, you can use either decaf or regular coffee for this recipe.

What kind of glass should I use to serve an alcohol-free espresso martini?
Traditionally, an espresso martini is served in a martini glass.  However, any type of cocktail glass will work.

Can I add cream or milk to this mocktail?
Yes.  If you’d like to make a creamy version of this mocktail, you can add ½-1 oz. (15-30 ml) of heavy cream or milk to the cocktail shaker with the rest of the ingredients.

Is an alcohol-free espresso martini healthier than a traditional espresso martini?
An alcohol-free espresso martini is generally considered to be healthier than a traditional espresso martini because it contains fewer calories and no alcohol.  However, it still contains caffeine and sugar, and should be consumed in moderation.

Can I make this mocktail hot instead of iced?
Yes, you can make a “hot” version of this alcohol-free espresso martini by mixing the freshly-made coffee with the maple syrup and vanilla extract in a heat-resistant glass.  No shaking needed.

Can I use flavored syrups instead of maple syrup?
Yes, you can experiment with various types of flavored syrup, such as caramel or hazelnut, to give the alcohol-free espresso martini a different character. 

Can I make this mocktail without a shaker?
Yes.  If you don’t have a shaker, you can still make this mocktail by stirring the coffee, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a glass with ice until the liquid is ice-cold.  Then, strain into a martini glass to serve.

How many servings does this recipe make?
This recipe makes one serving, but you can easily scale up the ingredients to cater for a larger crowd.

Can I use instant coffee instead of a double espresso?
Using a freshly-made double espresso will give the mocktail a stronger coffee flavor.  However, you can use instant coffee (as strong as you can find) if you don’t have access to an espresso machine.

Can I use different types of extract instead of vanilla extract?
Yes, you can experiment with different types of extract, such as almond or coconut, for a twist on the traditional espresso martini flavors.

Is this mocktail suitable for children and pregnant women?
Although this mocktail does not contain any alcohol, it does have caffeine in it.  As a result, it should be consumed in moderation and is not recommended for children.  Pregnant women should consult with a healthcare professional before consuming caffeine.

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