This delicious dirty Chai Espresso Martini recipe is the perfect combination of chai-infused vodka, coffee liqueur, freshly brewed espresso, and simple syrup.

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Whether you're preparing for the holiday season or simply want to upgrade your cocktail recipes, you can't go wrong with this perfect cocktail. 

The Chai Espresso Martini is the perfect balance between our chai cocktail and coffee cocktail. It brings together the strong flavors of chai-infused vodka, the richness of coffee liqueur, and the boldness of fresh espresso. This cocktail not only gives you the comforting taste of warm spices but also adds a kick of energy from the coffee.

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What Is a Chai Espresso Martini?

Chai, originating from the Hindi word for "tea," is a centuries-old tradition rooted in the Assam region of India. Originally a spiced infusion without actual tea leaves, it evolved with British influence to include black tea, milk, and sugar. Now a global favorite, chai embraces various tea types and boasts a diverse flavor profile, from spicy to sweet.

​This recipe uses classic chai spice in the form of chai-infused vodka and pairs it with coffee flavor for a classic cocktail to warm you up in cooler weather.

A coupe glass filled with a frothy espresso martini infused with chai spices.

What you'll love about this recipe:


  • EASY & DELICIOUS - If you're a fan of chai and coffee, the Chai Espresso Martini is your dream come true. The addition of simple syrup lets you tailor the sweetness to your liking. It's basically a chai latte but with a boozy coffee twist. 

What You Need to Make a Chai Espresso Martini

  • Chai-infused vodka – We infused the vodka with chai teabags. You could also use chai concentrate or chai syrup if you have some on hand. Keep it mind it might have sweetener in it, so you'd want to omit the simple syrup. 
  • Coffee liqueur – Kahlúa is a great option. 
  • Freshly brewed espresso
  • Simple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • Ice cubes
  • Chai spices for garnish (optional)

How to Make a Chai Espresso Martini

  • To prepare the Chai Espresso Martini, start by infusing vodka with chai teabags. Add 1-2 chai tea bags to a bottle of vodka and let it infuse for at least 2-4 hours or overnight for a stronger chai flavor. Remember to remove the tea bags before use. 
  • Next, brew a shot of espresso and allow it to cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, prepare the glass by chilling a martini glass in the freezer or with ice water. In a shaker, combine the chai-infused vodka, coffee liqueur, cooled espresso, and simple syrup. 
  • Shake the mixture well with ice cubes for about 10-15 seconds. Strain the shaken concoction into the chilled martini glass, discarding any ice. Garnish the drink with a dash of chai spices and coffee beans. 
  • Your Chai Espresso Martini is now ready to be served and savored – a delightful blend of chai spices and espresso to be enjoyed slowly.

Expert Recipe Tips


  • Don't want the buzz from the espresso? Use decaf espresso instead. 
  • Want a creamy texture? Add a splash of almond milk, coconut milk, or regular milk.
  • Adjust the sweetness by varying the amount of simple syrup to suit your taste preferences. Feel free to get creative with garnishes or add a cinnamon stick for an extra touch of warmth.
Side angle of a coupe glass filled with a frothy chai espresso martini.

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A coupe glass with an espresso martini dusted with chai spices.

Chai Espresso Martini Recipe

This creamy, shaken espresso martini is infused with aromatic chai spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves that complement the bold coffee flavor perfectly for a well-balanced, impressive cocktail.
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Cocktail Recipes
American
Author: Kita
10 minutes
Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Chai-infused vodka (see recipe below)
  • 1 oz Coffee liqueur - Kahlúa
  • 1 oz Freshly brewed espresso - cooled
  • ½ oz Simple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • Ice cubes
  • Chai spices for garnish - optional

Instructions

For the Chai Infused Vodka

  • Add 1-2 chai tea bags to a bottle of vodka.
  • Allow it to infuse for at least 2-4 hours or overnight for a stronger chai flavor.
  • Remove the tea bags before using.

Make the Chai Espresso Martini

  • Prepare a shot of espresso and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Chill a martini glass in the freezer or by filling it with ice water.
  • In a cocktail shaker, add the chai-infused vodka, coffee liqueur, cooled espresso, and simple syrup.
  • Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.
  • Discard the ice from the chilled martini glass.
  • Use a strainer to pour the shaken mixture into the glass.
  • Garnish with a dash of chai spices and coffee beans.
  • Your Chai Espresso Martini is ready to be savored! Sip slowly and relish the delightful combination of chai spices and espresso.

Notes

  • Adjust the sweetness by varying the amount of simple syrup
    to suit your taste preferences.
  • Feel free to get creative with garnishes or add a cinnamon stick for an extra touch of warmth.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 42mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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Nope! You can use cold brew coffee instead if you like. 

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