Cold-brew coffee gets a boozy kick to make one caffeinated cocktail! Perfect for your St. Patrick's Day celebration, brunch or after-dinner drink menu, this creamy Baileys Irish coffee martini takes a classic hot cocktail and gives it a refreshing spin. Serve in a chilled glass for the ultimate coffee cooler.
Booze and coffee. Coffee and booze. You know you’re an official adult when the two come together to make your miracle drink, so you will definitely be everyone’s hero when you bring out this versatile cocktail at your next gathering.
Besides the unending comments of adoration you'll receive for serving everyone's new favorite perky cocktail, this martini couldn't be easier to make. Hosting is hard work, so I always appreciate a simple yet crowd-pleasing cocktail I can whip up in no time. Who's with me?
*All hands go up*
Yeah, that's what I thought.
Before we start shaking, let's gather our ingredients. Here's everything we need to sip on this delightful caffeinated martini.
- Cold-brew coffee
- Baileys Irish Cream
- Irish whiskey
- Simple syrup
- Espresso powder for garnish
- Sugar for garnish
For the Irish whiskey, Jameson is a good bet. Just about any liquor store carries it, and with its triple distilling, that whiskey goes down oh-so smoothly.
You'll also notice I specific cold-brew coffee over hot coffee. We're talking about a martini here, so we want a frigid drink. While you could let your hot coffee cool, who has time for that? Cold-brew coffee is the easy answer here.
How to Chill a Martini Glass
Speaking of cold drinks, I love chilling the martini glass before serving. We can accomplish this a couple different ways.
One is to simply place the glass in the freezer. At least 30 minutes is good if you want a frost, but even five minutes goes a long way in adding a chill.
Another option is to fill the glass with ice and cold water and let it sit while you make the rest of the drink. When the drink is ready, dump the ice and water, and you're ready to serve.
With our ingredients in order and glass chilled, we're ready to start making this easy coffee martini. We grab our cocktail shaker and add our cold-brew coffee, Baileys Irish Cream, Irish whiskey, simple syrup and a handful of ice.
For extreme coffee lovers, I like to rim the martini glass with a mixture of espresso powder and sugar. This gives our martini an extra caffeinated jolt. To make our rim, we simply spread water or simple syrup for more staying powder onto a plate and place the martini upside-down on the plate to moisten the rim.
On another plate, we stir together our espresso powder and sugar and swirl the moisten rim into the mixture. And just like that, we have our espresso-sugar rim.
Now we pour our cold Baileys Irish coffee martini into our glasses, clink and sip away.
What are you even doing with your life if you don't pair this coffee martini with my fudgy stout brownies? Top with my bourbon caramel sauce and you're in for a treat. Oh, and if you're a big cookie fan, you'll also love this coffee cocktail with my absolute best fudgy brownie cookies.
Of course, I also love this caffeinated cocktail with brunch. If that's you, you'll love this boozy coffee drink with my pumpkin crullers with a caramelized maple glaze.
Whether you need a St. Patrick's Day drink, brunch cocktail or after-dinner sipper, I hope you try this Baileys Irish coffee martini. This drink is perfect for all three occasions, and everyone is sure to love it. Please let me know how you enjoyed this coffee cocktail recipe in the comment section and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter. You can also catch me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.
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Baileys Irish Coffee Martini
- Cocktail shaker
- Jigger or small measuring cup
- 1 tablespoon espresso powder for rimmed glass, optional
- 1 tablespoon sugar for rimmed glass, optional
- 4 ounces cold-brew coffee
- 1 ½ ounces Irish whiskey
- 1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream
- ½ ounce simple syrup homemade or store-bought (see note)
- If rimming the glass, mix together the espresso powder and sugar on a small plate. Spoon some water or simple syrup onto another small plate. The simple syrup gives it a bit more staying power, but water also works. Swirl the rim of the glass in the water or simple syrup to moisten. Then, swirl in the espresso powder-sugar mixture. Set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker, add the cold-brew coffee, Irish whiskey, Baileys Irish Cream, simple syrup and ice. Pop on the top and shake vigorously for about 15 to 30 seconds.
- Strain into martini glasses. Enjoy!
- If desired, chill the martini glasses in the freezer before serving for an extra refreshing cocktail. Alternatively, you can fill the glass with ice and water while mixing the drink and then dump it before pouring the martini into the glass.
- If making your own simple syrup, bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a high simmer on the stove in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Once the mixture simmers and the sugar dissolves, remove from heat. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This can be done well in advance and will keep for several weeks.
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.