Salted Caramel Espresso Martini

Salted caramel espresso martinis are a perfectly rich, sweet, and creamy vodka cocktail. This easy recipe for vodka, coffee, and Kahlua is the mixed drink that will be your new to die for alcohol indulgence.  Think of this as a combination of a Starbucks Salted Caramel Macchiato and a Kahlua White Russian.  Heaven! This is the best salted caramel cocktail using Kahlua liqueur for an espresso-style vodka martini that any coffee lover will enjoy. 

This recipe is so quick and easy and results in a delicious fancy coffee-flavored vodka martini. If you love caramel coffee drinks, salted caramel, or creamy cocktails like a White Russian, this is seriously a drink made for you.  I love both and this is why I decided to try to make a recipe that combines all those flavors into a cocktail that is amazing. It also makes for a great after-dinner dessert beverage that satisfies your sweet tooth.


Salted Caramel Espresso Martini in a martini glass with Kahlua and a cup of espresso
Salted Caramel Espresso Martini Ready to Enjoy


Ingredients for the Best Salted Caramel Espresso Martini

For those that want a cappuccino or latte martini, this is the best martini recipe. You can use espresso, cold brew, instant coffee, decaf coffee, or regular brew for this Kahlua vodka espresso martini recipe. When I have this as a dessert martini, I make it with instant decaf coffee so I am not up all night from the caffeine that an espresso martini would have.  The cream, Torani caramel syrup, Kahlua, vodka, and coffee are what is important in this recipe. Vodka in coffee for me is two of my favorite drinks in one and results in a fancy kind of martini.

You can make this espresso martini without coffee liqueur but it will not be the same and I highly recommend making sure you use the Kahlua.  If you have Baileys you can substitute and try that out on this salted caramel martini. A slight variation of this martini cocktail recipe would be to use the Pinnacle whipped vodka for some extra sweetness mimicking the whipped cream on your favorite latte.  For a vegan espresso martini, you can substitute the cream with coconut or almond milk. If you like other coffee mixed drinks, you will love this salted caramel espresso martini too.


Salted Caramel Espresso Martini ingredients
Salted Caramel Espresso Martini ingredients


Prepare the Martini Glasses

To set this espresso martini recipe over the top, dressing up the glasses is key.  I highly recommend that you coat the rim of the martini glasses with caramel sauce and then sprinkle on the sea salt flakes. The taste of the salted caramel as you sip this coffee cocktail really makes this special.


Salted Caramel Espresso Martini glass rim prepped with caramel and sea salt flakes
Salted Caramel Espresso Martini glass rim prepped with caramel and sea salt flakes


How to Make an Easy Salted Caramel Espresso Martini

When making this espresso martini at home, you simply add all the ingredients to a martini shaker with some ice.  The coffee-flavored Kahlua along with espresso, cream, caramel syrup, and vodka make the ultimate martini. It includes a pinch of sea salt at the end to give this a real sweet and salty combo that makes salted caramel a favorite.


Salted Caramel Espresso Martini add pinch of salt
Salted Caramel Espresso Martini add a pinch of salt


Once all the ingredients are chilled and mixed together, pour the espresso martini into the two prepared glasses.


Salted Caramel Espresso Martini pouring from martini shaker
Salted Caramel Espresso Martini pouring from a martini shaker


This will be a sweet and creamy martini that will be a wonderful after-dinner drink. It is like a dessert on its own and will be the perfect ending to a fancy or special dinner at home.   Again, if you want to enjoy this late at night, you can still enjoy this salted caramel vodka cocktail with decaf coffee instead of espresso for a martini that won’t keep you up at night.


Salted Caramel Espresso Martini ready to drink
Salted Caramel Espresso Martini ready to drink





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Salted Caramel Espresso Martini PIN



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Salted Caramel Espresso Martini

Salted caramel espresso martinis are a perfectly rich, sweet, and creamy vodka cocktail recipe. Like a combination of a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato and a Kahlua White Russian.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • Martini Glasses
  • Martini Shaker


  • 2 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz espresso
  • 2 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 1 TBSP Torani caramel syrup
  • pinch sea salt flakes
  • ICE

For the rim of the glasses

  • caramel sauce
  • sea salt flakes


  • To a martini shaker, fill about 1/2 way with ice cubes.
  • Pour in the Kahlua, vodka, cream, caramel syrup, and espresso. Add a pinch of sea salt.
  • Put the lid on the martini shaker and make sure it is on tight. Shake for about 15 seconds to combine together and help chill all the ingredients.
  • To prepare the 2 martini glasses, drizzle or dip the rim into caramel syrup. Sprinkle sea salt flakes on the caramel to stick for the perfect sea sat caramel edge.
  • Remove the small top strainer lid from the martini shaker. Using the strainer top, pour half of the mixture into each martini glass.
  • Cheers - enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving  
Calories 312
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.6g 14%
Saturated Fat 6.6g 33%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 289mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 25.2g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Total Sugars 17.2g  
Protein 0.8g  
Vitamin D 15mcg 74%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 71mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Keyword alcohol, beverage, cocktail, dessert, drink, easy, fancy, happy hour, party, sweet

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