This Dairy-Free Espresso Martini with No Kahlua is a delicious coffee mocktail that comes rich in flavor and entirely smooth. Unlike the traditional version, this recipe is entirely dairy-free, has no Kahlua (instead a nice substitute), and is the perfect balance between sweet, mild, and absolutely toasty in aroma.
Honestly, I don't know where to begin with the Espresso Martini. It's literally one of my favorite ways to enjoy caffeine besides in the form of a latte. If you're not new to Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you know that I enjoy turning classic cocktails into great mocktail options and this martini is no exception.
My husband is obsessed with this drink and I definitely see me making this on weekends or for special occasions as a way to celebrate.
Ingredients for Alcohol-Free Kahlua Substitute
The tangy flavor in these drinks comes from a homemade Kahlua substitute. And guess what? You only need two ingredients (plus water) to make it.
Brown sugar. I use organic to make sure it’s vegan
Instant coffee. Espresso powder also works.
Ingredients for Espresso Martini without Espresso or Dairy
The ingredients to flavor this martini is super simple and can be adjusted based on sweetness preference. Here’s what you need to make them:
Khalua substitute. I recommend using instant coffee if you don't want to include any form of espresso in this drink.
Vanilla. to balance the richness of coffee.
Cold brew. For a sweeter, milder taste than espresso or strong coffee.
Condensed milk. For this recipe, I used dairy-free condensed milk by Let's Do....Organic. Such a nice creamy substitute.
Almond milk. Adds a nice smoothness to drink. You can also use coconut, oat, or cashew milk.
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Garnishes and Serving Dairy-Free Espresso Martini with No Kahlua
These espresso martinis are sure to be a show-stopper, therefore, understanding how to best spruce them up for a special occasion is important. Before serving, you can dress them up even more with festive toppings like:
Coconut whipped cream. You can use regular dairy whipped cream if you aren't concerned with it being dairy-free.
Cinnamon stick. A stick of two of cinnamon adds a nice kick of flavor and makes for a simple garnish.
Shaved chocolate. These add a dramatic touch and I love using my vegetable peeler for fancy chocolate shavings.
More Decadent Drink Recipes
Once you’ve mastered this espresso martini drink, try these other homemade sips should be next on your list:
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add the water and brown sugar, stirring until sugar has dissolved completely, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the espresso powder until dissolved. Let cool.
TO MAKE MARTINI:
Add all of the martini ingredients together in a cocktail shaker (including the Khalua sub),shaking well until combined.
Assemble the martinis: For each martini,fill a good cocktail or martini glass halfway with crushed ice and pour the espresso martini mixture in until glass(es) is filled. Top with cinnamon sticks, fresh rosemary sprigs, or your favorite garnish.
Sip and Enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
KAHLUA: Kahlúa coffee liqueur is one of the main ingredients in many of the world's favorite cocktails. Therefore, to make this recipe non-alcoholic----I created a great simple syrup substitute.
ALCOHOL: If you'd like to keep this recipe dairy-free, but want to spruce things up with alcohol, feel free to add 1 ounce of rum, vodka, etc.
SERVING: To make additional martinis, simply double or triple ingredients, depending on need.
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Such an easy and elegant drink! Your pictures are beautiful!
This is so smooth and flavorful! Will definitely make again! 🙂
Oh YES! Where has this recipe been all my life?! I've been dairy free for a decade and can finally enjoy an espresso martini without the dairy -- thank you so much for this tasty recipe!
Oh wow! Such a gorgeous mocktail. I love the flavors you used for the Kahlua substitute. It all sounds incredible.