Get ready to shake things up on your mocktail menu with the delicious and indulgent Espresso Martini without Kahlua [Mocktail]! This easy mocktail recipe is a coffee lover's dream come true, with a rich and creamy texture that's entirely dairy-free.
Unlike the traditional version, this mocktail recipe has no Kahlua but instead uses a nice substitute, making it a perfect choice for those looking for a dairy-free mocktail. Its the perfect balance between sweet, mild, and absolutely toasty in aroma. Trust me when I say this is one of the best mocktails out there. Add it to your mocktail menu and grab your shaker to tantalize your taste buds. Caffeine-free option.
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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. That's why I'm excited to share with you my recipe for the Best Espresso Martini without Kahlua [Mocktail], a perfect addition to any cocktail menu or vegan mocktail collection!
And if you're looking for more delicious creamy coffee-inspired mocktails to add to your repertoire, be sure to check out my Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso or my personal favorite Caramel Oat Latte Mocktail. OR if you're feeling fruity I've created an Apple Caramel Espresso Martini that is truly unique in flavor!
With these mocktail recipes, you'll be able to create an impressive mocktail menu that's sure to satisfy all your guests.
When it comes to a traditional espresso martini, it consists of three main things: vodka, espresso, + a coffee liqueur. That simple. Overall, it is strong, sweet, rich in flavor, and smooth, which explains why it's become so popular in the recent years!
Similar to this martini, however dirty espresso martinis consists of 1 part chai-infused vodka, 1 part espresso coffee, and 1 part Kahlua. You still have to shake everything together in a cocktail shaker and strain. If you'd like a mocktail version, I recommend trying my Dirty Chai Espresso Martini [Mocktail].
The tangy flavor in this mocktail comes from a homemade Kahlua substitute. And guess what? You only need is 3 simple ingredients (plus water) to make it, plus it reminds you of the real thing minus the "buzz".
The ingredients to flavor this vegan mocktail martini is super simple and can be adjusted based on sweetness preference. Here’s what you need to make them:
Once you see how easy it is to make your own Best Espresso Martini without Kahlua [Mocktail] at home, you’ll never not have one again. You’ll save money for sure. But your drinks will also taste just how you like them. It’s a win-win.
This Espresso Martini Mocktail recipe comes together in a saucepan on the stove for your Kahlua substitute. You'll stir together the ingredients, bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes, and then remove it from heat to cool. In the meantime, make your freshly-brewed espresso or coffee (I'm so obsessed with my Breville machine these days) and let everything cool completely for a nice smooth taste.
Finally, you'll shake everything together, strain into your glass(es), garnish the martinis with your favorites (or keep it traditional with the coffee beans) and wallah! Sip and enjoy!
So if you're sitting here thinking what is a mocktail? Let me explain. A mocktail is like a party in a glass, minus the hangover. It's a delicious and refreshing drink that's packed with all the flavor and complexity of a traditional cocktail but without any of the alcohol.
Whether you're a designated driver, a health-conscious human, or just someone who wants to enjoy a delicious drink without the buzz, mocktails are the perfect solution.
Making this Vegan Espresso Martini Mocktail right is super easy to achieve, especially when you follow these tips that I can guarantee will help you get it right:
This espresso martini mocktail is 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:
To create that nice foam on top of your espresso martini, it's super important to always use freshly-brewed espresso coffee, which naturally has a foam. In addition, ensuring that you shake everything together vigorously in your cocktail shaker is the second trick to getting this beautiful finish.
However, if you'd like to achieve the beautiful foam in other ways, here are a few things you can do:
Use egg whites. Yes! You can totally add an egg white to your cocktail shaker when you're ready to shake things up and this should create a nice frothy look/feel. This is perfect if you don't care about your martini being vegan-friendly.
Cocktail foams. Apparently, they sell cocktail foams in little bottles online for a nice finish as an alternative to using egg whites. Simply add a drop or two to the top of your martini once you've shaken everything together and wallah!
That's the foam! Honestly, I love having the foam because it creates such a smooth, light feel to the entire martini. To ensure that you achieve the foam correctly, be sure to shake your ingredients together well so that the natural oils in the coffee combines with the air bubbles and produces that nice finish.
If you’d like to serve this as a cocktail, you can add 1 ounce of tequila, rum, vodka or gin to each glass as well as the coffee liqueur known as Kahlua.
Yes of course. You can always use decaf coffee instead, you will still get the same amazing flavor without the buzz of sometimes unwanted energy!
Absolutely! A few hours ahead of time, combine the ingredients in a large jug or pitcher (without ice) and chill until needed. Once ready to use, add mixture in a cocktail shaker with ice, then strain into glass(es).
Surprisingly, it is said that the popular gesture of placing three espresso beans atop your martinis as garnish represents: health, wealth, + happiness. So, cheers!
The main reasoning, could be that you you didn't shake your cocktail shaker enough, therefore, not much air got into the drink. As a result, make sure that you vigorously shake for at least 20 seconds for a nice texture. Lastly, if you don't use freshly-brewed espresso, you won't get that frothy top that you desire.
While it's traditional to use Kahlua in your espresso martini, Bailey's actually can add a nice creaminess and can also be added together for a nice kick!
Once you’ve mastered this Vegan Espresso Martini Mocktail, these other homemade sips should be next on your list:
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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.