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Espresso Martini with a Twist—the Secret Ingredient That Will Make Your Party Unforgettable

There's nothing like a classic espresso martini with a twist! Using the finest aging processes, you can trust us for all of your cocktail needs.

When it comes to having a great time over creative cocktails post-dinner, the Espresso Martini is the perfect pick-me-up. It not only gives you an energy boost, but it also has the perfect amount of alcohol to show you a good time, when enjoyed responsibly. 

If you're thinking of mixing things up, we know the perfect way to take your typical vodka Espresso Martini to the next level. 

Consider using our Añejo Tequila instead of traditional spirits, and you won't regret making the switch. We offer the purest quality tequila produced by refined standards and a dedication to excellence. 

Learn more about our special recipe, production process, and high-quality ingredients, and you’ll see that using Calirosa Tequila for your next cocktail is right for you. 

The Tequila Espresso Martini

Typically, an Espresso Martini cocktail contains vodka or vermouth, and it is a coffee-flavored drink served cold. It also has a bit of coffee liqueur and fresh espresso coffee in the cocktail, and it has three coffee beans as a garnish.  

The ingredients are poured together into a cocktail shaker, shaken well with ice cubes, and then you strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass. It hit the scene in the 1980s by bartender Dick Bradsell, originating in Britain, and soaring in popularity ever since.

So what makes our Espresso Martini different?

For starters, we use two ounces of our wonderfully fragrant Calirosa Añejo Tequila instead of Vodka. This not only makes for a surprisingly balanced flavor profile between sweet and boozy, but it goes down smoother as well.

Mix this with one shot of espresso, .75 ounces of coffee liqueur, ice, and .25 ounces of our organic agave syrup instead of a simple syrup. This coffee cocktail won't disappoint!

Calirosa Espresso Martini

Here's a snapshot of our Espresso Martini recipe:

  • Two ounces Calirosa Añejo Tequila
  • One shot of Espresso (or a strong coffee that you prefer)
  • Three-fourths ounces of Coffee Liquor
  • One-fourth ounce of Organic Agave Syrup


You'll need to grab a martini glass, add ice, and mix the ingredients in a shaker. Shake the contents for a little over 10 seconds and then strain and serve it chilled. Fill the cup halfway so that there's room for the froth.

Don't forget the signature 3 coffee beans garnish! This play on a Mexican coffee tequila cocktail is worth trying and sharing with others. 

Pro Tips

  • To make your espresso martini frothy, shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds while the ice is at its coldest. The beautiful foam starts to go away as the drink warms up, so be sure to consume right away if you enjoy that tickle on your upper lip while you sip. 
  • If you don't have a coffee machine to make this recipe with a shot of espresso, you can use cold brew concentrate instead.
  • Don't have your shaker filled with too much ice, as it will water down the final product.
  • You can substitute Kahlua for Baileys Irish Cream liqueur or Tia Maria if you prefer the flavor.
  • Use a mason jar with a lid if you don't have a cocktail shaker, it will work nearly as well, and it won't compromise the flavor.
  • If your drink still seems too bitter, consider making fresh coffee using gourmet coffee beans that have a more pronounced and sweet flavor.

Calirosa Añejo Tequila

Calirosa Añejo Tequila brings life to a party, dinner date, casual friendly gathering, and anywhere a sophisticated spirit is needed. Tequila holiday cocktails like a martini are better with a fine brand of tequila that has a smooth taste without additives. 

Our Añejo Tequila has a reddish amber color, which comes from the aging process we employ unique to our brand. For 18 months, our Añejo Tequila ages in prized California red wine barrels, all the while, developing unique and delicious flavors and aromas. 

Flavor Notes


You'll get hints of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, and nutmeg, topped off with cinnamon and toffee. The more subtle notes include figs and dried fruit. It goes without saying that a tequila martini will provide a wider range of flavors compared to a vodka martini. 

The finish is medium to long, and the aftertaste is quite pleasant, especially for those new to sipping tequila or having it mixed into a cocktail. 

Can You Make an Espresso Martini With Tequila?

Absolutely! As long as the alcohol you're using complements the coffee, you will experience a different taste that's equally enjoyable to the original creation. 

Because of our stringent standards and aging processes, we bring you the best of the best, not cheap tequila that burns and only serves to give you a headache.

There are so many nuanced flavors that we present, simply by taking the painstaking measures to extract them over time.

You might have seen some other variations of brunch drinks that mix tequila and coffee, and they refer to it as Mexican coffee. It usually has sugar, Kahlua, and whipped cream. 

This drink is a little different from what we're proposing, but also another great idea where our tequila can get used to create holiday tequila drinks. 

If you don't have espresso, no worries, you can also make a strong brew coffee instead as a hack. 

For a tasty alternative, try not only the tequila Espresso Martini recipe, but also any other popular winter tequila cocktails using Calirosa Tequila, you'll taste the difference in quality immediately. 

Our Añejo Tequila goes best with a rich dessert, such as dark chocolate, or a decadent slice of cake. The notes of the tequila stand alone and are more pronounced without being hindered by the foods you eat. You can also sip it with savory food, such as a hearty steak with onions and mushrooms. 

Why Choose Calirosa Tequila

Aside from us rising above our industrialized competitors, here are a few more reasons why you may want to consider Calirosa for your coffee tequila cocktail:

The Calirosa Way


In Jalisco, Mexico, an esteemed location for tequila, we select 100% Blue Weber Agaves at the peak of the maturation process. The slow aging procedure that we utilize produces an inimitable flavor. 

It takes between seven to nine years for the agave to reach the highest sugar content. At that point, the harsher, more bitter tones of the tequila get filtered out and replaced with more pleasant notes. 

We only use agaves that have over 26% sugar, while the other tequilas around the industry hover around 22% to 24%.

Additionally, we use old-fashioned brick ovens to cook our agaves, instead of the traditional steel ovens. While it takes about 70 hours longer to produce a limited number of bottles, the payoff is immense. 

Our master tequila makers use our naturally growing yeast, not sourced from any commercial providers, and water from agave fields that surround our distilleries. We also use more agave per liter (9 kg compared to 7–8 for competitors), which costs us a bit more, but we don't cut corners. 

If you haven't realized yet, we care about quality over quantity and excellence over mediocrity. We strive to ensure that every bottle of tequila that carries the Calirosa name is as close to perfect as we can get it. 

Bottom Line

For an Espresso Martini recipe, tequila is a perfectly suitable option to make a delightful cocktail that will wake you up and enhance your experience. As mentioned, we have multiple types of tequila that can get used for a tequila coffee drink, but our Añejo is our preferred recommendation.

Should you want to make a delicious Espresso Martini for happy hour drinks at your place, or just to try something new, don't hesitate to use Calirosa Tequila if you want the best in taste and quality. Visit our How To Drink page for more cocktail recipes for any occasion.

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