It’s not that I am a snob about how I like my Espresso Martini’s; it’s that I am particular, quite particular.  I imagine my friends are embarrassed by how specific I can get with exactly what I am looking for in a restaurant or bar.  I don’t like it cream based, I don’t like it sweet and I really like to taste the espresso.  My tastes are very simple indeed.

The simplicity of making this perfect for me Espresso Martini was highlighted during my trip to Charleston this past New Year when I dined at High Cotton a really cool jazz restaurant with my friend, Kerry.

High Cotton’s most popular drink is indeed the Espresso Martini which has given it a “world famous” title.  I loved this cocktail so much I think I may have had two, actually it was probably three. My limit these days is usually one.  They were that good!!


High Cotton’s “World Famous” Espresso Martini

This past weekend when I couldn’t get up the energy to once again to leave the house as the weather is taking its toll on my happy disposition,  My friend (Kerry) suggested an early Espresso Martini made the High Cotton way.  I was soooo excited, I immediately agreed and I have to say it equaled how good it was on New Year’s Eve.  I had two!  A dark martini with a frothy top and chocolate around the rim of the glass.   Just the way I like it. 

This recipe is tweaked a tiny bit on ingredients.  We used Nespresso and good dark chocolate cocoa powder rather than Swiss Miss, but everything else is as they suggested on the website. 

Kerry did make her martini with coconut vodka and a little half & half. 

What’s your favorite cocktail?

The Perfect Espresso Martini
Serves 1
A dark, frothy perfect Espresso Martini
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. ¾ oz Vodka
  2. ¾ oz Kahlua
  3. 1 shot hot espresso (we used dark Nespresso)
  4. Cocoa Powder
  5. 1/2 shaker of ice cubes
  6. 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  1. Pour simple syrup on a small plate or in a glass rimmer.
  2. Pour contents of chocolate onto another small.
  3. Dip the rim of your martini glass into the simple syrup and then into the cocoa until the rim is coated.
  4. Pour vodka, Kahlua, espresso and ice into the shaker.
  5. Shake until cold.
  6. Strain the contents of the shaker into the cocoa rimmed glass.
  7. Enjoy!
  1. To me this is the perfect Espresso Martini but like my friend you can play around with flavored vodka, add Baileys or cream. Whatever works for you!
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