Espresso Martini with Rum

Espresso Martini with Rum (Best Way to Make It)

Espresso Martini with Rum blends the bold flavors of espresso with the smoothness of rum to reinvent a beloved classic cocktail i.e. the Espresso Martini. This variation brings a unique twist to the traditional recipe, offering a great fusion of coffee’s rich depth and rum’s subtle sweetness.

In this blog, we’ll use the Interplay Cocktail Shaker to craft the perfect recipe for all those occasions calling for a sophisticated and invigorating drink.

The History of the Espresso Martini

The Espresso Martini, originally known as the Vodka Espresso, was first concocted in the 1980s by a London bartender, Dick Bradsell. As legend has it, a famous model requested a drink that would “wake her up and then **** her up,” leading to the creation of this iconic cocktail.

Traditionally made with vodka, espresso, coffee liqueur, and sugar syrup, the Espresso Martini quickly became a staple in the cocktail world.

Our version introduces rum as a twist, adding a richer, slightly sweeter dimension to the classic, and giving it an extra layer of complexity.

Ingredients Overview for Espresso Martini with Rum

To craft the perfect Espresso Martini with Rum, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  1. Espresso: The star of the show, a shot of freshly brewed espresso adds depth and a robust coffee flavor.
  2. Rum: Swapping traditional vodka with rum introduces a smooth, sweet, and slightly fruity flavor. Dark or spiced rum works particularly well for added complexity.
  3. Coffee Liqueur: This adds sweetness and reinforces the coffee flavor.
  4. Vanilla Syrup or Simple Syrup: Depending on your preference for sweetness, simple syrup or Vanilla syrup can be adjusted to balance the bitterness of the espresso.
  5. Ice: Essential for chilling the cocktail and achieving the desired dilution.

Espresso Martini Variations

Each ingredient in the Espresso Martini with Rum is crucial to creating a balanced and flavorful cocktail. Using the Interplay Cocktail Shaker, we can ensure precision and consistency in every pour.

Creating the Perfect Espresso Martini with Rum Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Calorie Count: Approximately 180-220 calories per serving (varies based on ingredients used)


  • 30 ml (1 oz) Rum (dark or spiced)
  • 30 ml (1 oz) Freshly brewed espresso
  • 20 ml (0.7 oz) Coffee liqueur
  • 15 ml (0.5 oz) Vanilla syrup (as a flavorful alternative to simple syrup)
  • Ice cubes

Note: For accuracy in measurement, utilize the Interplay Cocktail kits’s measuring tool.


  1. Chill the Glass: Place your martini glass in the freezer to chill.
  2. Combine Ingredients: In the Interplay Cocktail mixer set, add the rum, freshly brewed espresso, coffee liqueur, and vanilla syrup.
  3. Shake: Fill the shaker with ice, seal it tightly, and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. This not only chills the drink but also gives it a nice frothy top.
  4. Strain and Serve: Strain the mixture into the chilled martini glass. The drink should have a smooth, creamy surface.
  5. Garnish: Optionally, garnish with three coffee beans in the center of the drink for a classic look.


The Espresso Martini with Rum is a delightful twist on a classic, offering a perfect balance of coffee’s robust flavor with the smoothness of rum. By swapping simple syrup with vanilla syrup, we add an extra layer of richness and aroma, enhancing the overall experience. Whether you’re winding down after dinner or looking for a sophisticated cocktail to serve at a gathering, this Espresso Martini variation is sure to impress.

Using the Interplay Cocktail Kits, you can effortlessly craft this elegant cocktail at home, ensuring perfect measurements and a smooth blend every time.

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