Espresso Martini Recipe From Iceland

Our buddy and home bartending expert Elliott Clark picked up this boozy, buzzy cocktail recipe during his recent trip to the Land of Fire and Ice
August 12, 2019Words by Elliot ClarkPhotos by Elliot Clark

I recently had the opportunity to venture to Iceland with my friends at Reyka Vodka. This trip wasn’t as much about diving into the spirit of Reyka, as much as it was about diving into the spirit of the land. 


Packing up for the trip, I didn’t know what to expect. All I was really told is that Iceland is like another planet, in all the best ways. After spending several days there, I couldn’t agree more. 

From towering waterfalls to the black sand beach, you find yourself marveling over how expansive and pure the land is. Iceland is hands down one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit.

Waterfall in Iceland

Needless to say, the Land of Fire and Ice needs to be on your bucket list, but if you can't make it to Iceland just yet (though all you need is 72 hours), you can make this Icelandic espresso martini recipe anywhere. 

When it comes to drinking in Iceland, the signature of the bunch is Brennivín. It’s a type of akvavit, which is a spice forward spirit flavored with either dill or caraway. But let’s talk about vodka for a second.

Reyka Vodka from Iceland

You might not be a fan of vodka due to foggy college flashbacks, but it might be time for you to reconsider this spirit. Vodka, if produced well, can add subtle characteristics to a cocktail, and serve as a blank canvas for creating something unique, like this espresso martini. (That being said, if you're looking for a caffeine-infused cocktail with a different spirit, try our Bourbon Coffee Old Fashioned recipe.)

It’s the perfect balance of a pick-me-up and ease into a solid evening with friends. Straight up, this is one cocktail you need to have up your sleeve.

Elliott Clark drinking a Reyka espresso martini in Iceland


• 2 oz vodka (we used Reyka Vodka)

• 1 oz espresso

• 1/2 oz simple syrup

Preparing an espresso martini


Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker, and fill with ice. Shake to chill the cocktail and strain the cocktail into a coupe glass. No garnish.

Pouring espresso martini

Reyka Vodka Espresso Martini

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