two glasses of Velvet Espresso Martini with orange slices, surrounded by candles and rose petals

Velvet Espresso Martini Recipe

This cocktail takes the espresso martini to a new level for Valentine’s Day! Enjoy with your beloved – or to impress a potential new love.


  • 2 oz Espresso: Freshly brewed, cooled to room temperature. The espresso forms the backbone of this cocktail, providing a robust coffee flavor that’s essential for any coffee aficionado.
  • 1 oz Vodka: Choose a high-quality vodka for a clean, smooth foundation.
  • 1 oz Coffee Liqueur: Opt for a coffee liqueur that’s more on the bitter side than sweet to keep the cocktail sophisticated and not too sugary.
  • 0.5 oz Amaro: This Italian herbal liqueur adds a layer of complexity with its bitter, aromatic profile. It balances the drink and gives it an intriguing edge.
  • A dash of Orange Bitters: To introduce a subtle citrus note, enhancing the cocktail’s depth without overwhelming sweetness.
  • Orange Twist: For garnish, adding a vibrant aroma and a touch of elegance.
  • Edible Gold Leaf (optional): For a touch of luxury and visual appeal, perfect for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day.


  1. Chill the Glass: Begin by placing your martini glass in the freezer to chill. A cold glass will keep your cocktail crisp and refreshing.
  2. Mix the Cocktail: In a cocktail shaker, combine the freshly brewed espresso, vodka, coffee liqueur, Amaro, and a dash of orange bitters. Fill the shaker with ice.
  3. Shake: Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. The goal is to chill the mixture thoroughly and create a slight froth from the espresso.
  4. Strain: Take your chilled martini glass out of the freezer. Strain the cocktail into the glass, ensuring a smooth pour without any ice chips.
  5. Garnish: Twist the orange peel over the glass to spray its oils, then run the peel around the rim before dropping it into the drink. For an added touch of romance and extravagance, place a small piece of edible gold leaf on the surface of the cocktail.
  6. Serve Immediately: The Velvet Espresso Martini is best enjoyed fresh, allowing the flavors to mingle perfectly.

Serving Suggestion

Serve the Velvet Espresso Martini as a sophisticated start to your Valentine’s Day dinner. Its complex flavor profile, combining the deep notes of espresso with the herbal bitterness of Amaro and the zest of orange bitters, makes it an excellent appetite stimulant. The hint of sweetness from the coffee liqueur ensures it’s not too bitter, creating a perfectly balanced cocktail.

This cocktail is not only a treat for the taste buds but also a visual delight, making it a memorable part of your Valentine’s celebration. The edible gold leaf garnish adds a luxurious touch, symbolizing the precious moments shared between loved ones.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day with this unique and sophisticated coffee cocktail, and may it add an extra sparkle to your evening!

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