Nitro Espresso Martini Recipe

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Updated 19/11/2023

A bartender pouring a dark, creamy-topped nitro cocktail into a martini glass on a bar mat, with a blurred background suggesting a busy bar atmosphere

The Nitro Espresso Martini: A Modern Classic

The Nitro Espresso Martini, a testament to the evolution of cocktail culture, combines the classic allure of espresso and vodka with the innovative twist of nitrogen infusion.

This modern adaptation of the iconic Espresso Martini, popularized in the 1980s by Dick Bradsell, reflects the ongoing creativity in mixology.

The addition of nitrogen gas transforms the traditional cocktail into a smoother, creamier, and more visually appealing experience, capturing the essence of modern mixology’s innovation.

For this nitro small batch recipe, we will be using the iSi nitrogen dispenser + iSi nitro coffee chargers.

Understanding the Nitro(N2) Effect in Cocktails

The “nitro effect” infuses cocktails with nitrogen gas, creating a creamy and smooth texture that enhances the drinking experience without altering the taste.

For the Nitro Espresso Martini, this means a luxurious frothiness and a velvety mouthfeel that complements the rich flavours of espresso and vodka, presented with a captivating cascading visual effect.

Close-up of a creamy nitro espresso martini garnished with three coffee beans on a foam top, served in a classic martini glass with a soft-focus background

Equipment Needed:

Espresso martini cocktail recipe ingredients: 

(For the cold brew coffee, we recommend following our instant infusion cold brew coffee recipe)

How to make Nitro martini cocktails at home:

  1. Stir in all ingredients and then pour through a Funnel & Sieve into the nitro dispenser.
  2. Charge with an iSi Nitro Charger, shake eight times.
    • -*Optional* use a second charger for a richer nitro effect.
  3. Dispense directly into chilled glasses for optimal enjoyment.

This simple yet sophisticated process allows for the creation of a Nitro Espresso Martini that rivals those served in high-end bars, right from the comfort of your home.

Recipe complete! it is so simple to create this drink at home in minutes! Store the dispenser in the fridge and dispense as needed. Will last up to 5 days.

Continue reading below for more helpful information.

Two nitro espresso martinis with creamy tops and coffee bean garnishes in martini glasses, set against a grey textured background

Nitro Espresso Martini Variations and Twists

Innovative bartenders have introduced various twists to the Nitro Espresso Martini, incorporating flavoured liqueurs or syrups and experimenting with different coffee beans to diversify flavour profiles.

These variations cater to a wide range of preferences, adding new dimensions of taste to the iconic cocktail.

Tips from Professional Bartenders:

  • Quality Ingredients: Use premium espresso, top shelf vodka, and quality coffee liqueurs for the best taste.
  • Consistency is Key: Follow precise measurements and execution for a perfect nitro infusion every time.
  • Temperature Control: Serve the cocktail and glasses chilled to maintain the creamy texture of the nitro infusion.


Q: Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Nitro Espresso Martini?
A: Yes, replace the alcoholic components with non-alcoholic alternatives and follow the same nitro infusion process for a creamy, non-alcoholic cocktail.

Q: How long does the nitro effect last in the cocktail?
A: When properly infused and stored, the nitro effect can last up to 5 days in the fridge, retaining its creamy texture and cascading visual appeal.

Q: Can I use regular espresso instead of cold brew coffee?
A: Yes, though cold brew is recommended for its smoother taste; regular espresso can be used for a stronger coffee flavour.

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