Sugar-Free Espresso Martini

28’s Home Nutrition Program (portions based on our Women’s ‘Healthy Weight Maintenance’ Eating Plan)
You can enjoy a delicious espresso martini without the sugar if you use quality ingredients. Let us show you how to make the tastiest version of this classic cocktail that we've ever tried.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Australian
Servings 1
Calories 139 kcal


  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Martini Glass


  • 45 ml fresh coffee homemade from freshly roasted beans is best
  • 30 ml Vodka Optional : A vanilla vodka is delish
  • 30 ml Spiced Rum (for example Sailor Jerry, Captain Morgan, etc)
  • 3 coffee beans to garnish
  • 5 ice cubes for shaking



  • Ahead of time, you can make your esspresso coffee and pop it in the fridge until you're ready to make your martini. You should also place your martini glass in the freezer until it is chilled.
  • Add your ice cubes to a cocktail shaker, and pour the espresso, vodka and spiced rum into the shaker. Close the shaker and assume the bartender position.


  • You can ensure the shaker top doesn't fly off if you place one hand on each end of the shaker. Now… shake vigorously! Shake at least 10 times (the harder you shake, the more it will foam).
  • Take the chilled martini glass out of the freezer. Open the shaker top, and use your strainer to hold the icecubes back, as you pour the drink into your glass.

Garnish & Serve

  • Garnish with 3 coffee beans and serve immediately.


A lot of cocktail recipes add sugar to cover the fact they’ve been made with harsher-tasting, lower quality ingredients.  If your spirits and coffee ingredients are high quality and smooth tasting, then you will experience a naturally smoother tasting espresso martini, that doesn’t need any sugar! 
If you prefer to use a coffee liqueur instead of, or as well as, a fresh espresso, be aware there is a LOT of sugar in store-bought coffee liqueurs. We recommend an Australian Coffee Liqueur brand called Mr Black, as it has half the sugar and ten times the coffee concentration of other coffee liqueurs.  

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Posted by Shahna Sarpi

Shahna is a qualified nutritionist passionate about helping people live a nourished life through healthy eating and lifestyle practices. Utilising a whole foods approach to nutrition, Shahna aims to educate and inspire people to become their healthiest selves. With a love of food and being in the kitchen, she enjoys cooking up a storm and creating healthy recipes that everyone will enjoy.