Vegan Espresso Martini Recipe + a List of Vegan Coffee Liqueurs

I was shocked when I found out that the average Espresso Martini—my favourite cocktail!—usually isn’t vegan. Following the success of my Vegan Snowball Cocktails I knew I had to experiment with coffee cocktails until I found the perfect vegan substitute for an Espresso Martini.

So what makes an Espresso Martini not vegan, you might ask? Well, for starters, usually Kahlúa, a coffee liqueur, is used to make these delicious cocktails. Unfortunately Kahlúa is not suitable for vegans. I used Barnivore to find a vegan coffee liqueur—scroll down for my list of vegan coffee liqueurs below. The vegan coffee liqueur I used is Aber Falls coffee & dark chocolate liqueur; it’s a smooth liqueur that’s not too sweet with a hint of dark chocolate.

Another reason Espresso Martini isn’t always vegan is because egg white is used to give it a creamy layer on top. No thanks! When using espresso straight from the machine, you’ll get that creamy layer anyway, so I decided not to use aquafaba to replace the egg white.

To decorate the rim of the glasses I used a little bit of white sugar which I then mixed with a tiny amount of cocoa powder.

Vegan Espresso Cocktail Recipe

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/3 vegan coffee liqueur
  • 1/3 freshly brewed espresso
  • 1/3 ice cubes


  1. Pour the coffee liqueur over glasses filled with ice cubes.
  2. Add the freshly brewed coffee. Give it a stir and serve!

List of vegan coffee liqueurs:


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