Three coffee beans on top of an espresso martini is said to represent health, wealth and happiness. The traditional serving of Sambuca in Italy, where the beans are called con la mosca, means “with the fly.”

The martini has been around since 1911, when billionaire John B. Rockefeller’s bartender invented it for him in New York city. Since then, it’s been iconic with everyone enjoying chilled martinis, and they became even more popular when Mr. Bond requested it to be shaken and not stirred.

This martini is not just ideal for coffee lovers, it’s a perfect fall drink — strong, sweet and smooth. Wonderful when served as a pre-dinner cocktail to start the night, or have it like a dessert drink. It’s easy to make and you really don’t need espresso, as cold brew coffee can be a substitute.


  • Cocktail shaker
  • ½ cup of ice
  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • ½ oz. Kahlua
  • 1 oz. of espresso or strong cold brew coffee
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • Garnish coffee beans to float on top


 Fill the shaker with ice, cold coffee, simple syrup and Kahlua. Shake the cocktail very well and immediately pour into the martini glass.

 Simple syrup

Boil 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water until dissolves and chill before using. Keeps in the fridge for about one month.


Shaking the cocktail shaker extra hard will create the lovely foam on top. Pour immediately onto the martini glass and top with some coffee beans to make it elegant.

Makes one cocktail