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Cold Brew Martini – No Espresso Needed!


Calling all coffee + cocktail lovers! A Cold Brew Martini is made without espresso and is a cinch to shake up. Beyond delicious!

two cold brew martinis with a martini shaker

I’m squeaking in one last recipe before the ball drops and we all say see ya to 2021 – fittingly, it’s for a Cold Brew Martini!

If you typically need help staying up until 11:59pm on New Years Eve, this gorgeous, simple, seriously delicious cocktail might just help you get there!

cocktail shaker pouring cold brew martini into a martini glass

Cold Brew Martini — No Espresso Required

One of my very favorite shows on TV is Below Deck, where camera crews follow young stewardesses and deck hands as they work on super yachts around the world. Give these people an Emmy – best show on television. Captain Lee’s one liners (NSFIGE) are one of the best things in life, and I always look over my shoulder expecting him to be looking on disapprovingly when my laundry room gets out of sorts. Yikes!

One of the cocktails the stewardesses are almost constantly making for their demanding clients is Espresso Martinis – a mixture of espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur. For YEARS I have wanted to try one, but I sold my espresso machine when we moved, and well, ya can’t make an espresso martini without espresso.

Unless you swap espresso for store-bought cold brew concentrate!

Why Use Cold Brew Concentrate

Think of Cold Brew Martinis as the more accessible version of an espresso martini that you can shake up in moments right at home. These cold brew cocktails deliver a double buzz of caffeine and vodka and are so, so delicious. Sweet but not cloying, with that satisfying coffee undertone.

Homemade Sweet Tea Vodka (For Spiked Arnold Palmers + Twisted Tea)

It almost takes like coffee ice cream mixed with vodka. Yasss.

I debated using cold strong coffee as the base of these martinis, but the concentrate really delivers an espresso-like flavor. Once mixed with the coffee cream liqueur and vodka, the dilution and flavor of the concentrate is perfectly smooth.

a cold brew martini garnished with espresso beans

How to Make Cold Brew Martinis

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make your own Cold Brew Martini at home:

  1. Vodka: I like gluten free Tito’s.
  2. Cold Brew Concentrate: I picked up this Starbucks concentrate at Super Target. I see from the product finder on Starbuck’s website that you can also find it at Walmart.
  3. Coffee Cream Liqueur: I like Somrus because the label specifically says gluten free. It’s a mixture of coffee, rum, and cream, and is deliciously sweet and syrupy. I love this slightly elevated, creamy swap for the plain coffee liqueur that’s usually used in Espresso Martinis.

ingredients needed to make cold brew martini

I haven’t tested, but if you can’t find Somrus, I ASSUME you could probably swap in Kahlua and add a splash of cream for a similar flavor. This Somrus felt like an awesome find though. I love that it says right on the label that it’s gluten free which is pretty much unheard of in the speciality liqueur industry.

Locals: I got this at Hy-Vee Wall to Wall Wine and Spirits and have also seen it at my regular Hy-Vee.

ingredients needed to make cold brew cocktails

Ok! Fill your cocktail shaker halfway up with ice then pour equal parts of all three ingredients inside and shake until extremely cold – 30 seconds.

ice in a cocktail shaker

Pour the martini into a chilled martini glass then sip, sip, hooray! I happen to have a bag of espresso beans, which are edible, in the freezer so I garnish with three, similar to how espresso martinis are garnished (I don’t recommend eating regular roasted coffee beans – they aren’t roasted to a point where they’re easy to eat like espresso beans.)

Whether you enjoy a drink for NYE, or at your next girl’s get together (or on a mega yacht – take me with you!) I hope you love this simple yet scrumptious cocktail. Enjoy, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

a cold brew martini garnished with espresso beans


Calling all coffee + cocktail lovers! A Cold Brew Martini is made without espresso and is a cinch to shake up. Beyond delicious!


  • 1-1/2oz (3 Tablespoons) Cold Brew Concentrate
  • 1-1/2oz (3 Tablespoons) Coffee Cream Liqueur
  • 1-1/2oz (3 Tablespoons) vodka


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway up with ice then add ingredients inside. Place the lid on top then shake vigorously for 30 seconds or until extremely cold. Pour into a chilled martini glass then serve.


  • I like Starbucks Cold Brew Concentrate, Somrus Coffee Cream Liqueur, and Tito’s Vodka – all are gluten free at the time of this writing, 12/21.
  • I garnished these martinis with espresso beans. You could garnish with regular roasted coffee beans, but I wouldn’t recommend eating them. Espresso beans are roasted longer than coffee beans so they are easier to eat whole.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

photo collage of cold brew martini


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