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Get frappé happy with this blender espresso martini

Love an espresso martini, but want to try something new? Get out the blender, crank up the coffee machine and whiz up Warren Mendes’ Mocha Frappé Martini.

Warren Mendes’ Mocha Frappé Martini.

There’s nothing quite like a mocha when you want your coffee to come with a hint of chocolate. And it’s hard to resist the frothy fabulousness of the blended iced coffee known as a frappé. So, next time you’re making cocktails at your place, make this frappé twist on the classic espresso martini vodka cocktail. It’s super simple, says our entertaining expert Warren Mendes. “Forget fancy cocktail equipment, this cocktail is made in the blender – yep you heard me right!” Warren’s recipe is so easy to follow this will be your new go-to for entertaining a crowd. “You make mocha ice cubes, then throw all the ingredients into the blender and whiz until thick and creamy,” says Warren. “It’s the ideal batch cocktail.”

How to make a Mocha Frappé Martini

Ingredients (Serves 4)


  • 500mL freshly brewed espresso
  • 3 tbs hot chocolate powder
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 125mL Mr Black Cold Brewed Coffee Liqueur
  • 180mL Vodka O
  • Chocolate coffee beans, to serve
  • Salt flakes, to serve




  1. Place the hot espresso and hot chocolate powder in a heatproof jug and stir until the powder dissolves. Pour into ice cube trays. Place in the freezer for 5 hours or until firm. 
  2. Place the mocha ice cubes, plain ice cubes, coffee liqueur and vodka in a blender and blend until smooth. Divide among 4 martini glasses. Garnish with crushed chocolate coffee beans and salt flakes. Serve immediately. 

Espresso martini gets a makeover

Aussies are known for their love of coffee, so it’s no surprise that we’re seriously into our coffee cocktails right now. But where did the genius of combining coffee and alcohol come from? At a bar in trendy downtown Soho in the early 1980s, bartender Dick Bradsell thought, ‘this vodka could use a pick-me-up.’ He went ahead and mixed vodka, coffee and coffee liqueur, creating the first espresso martini and changing the course of history (and the time club-goers of Soho went to bed). Soon going from an underground drink between friends to the celebrity cocktail of the moment, it’s remained popular ever since. These days you’ll find so many variations on the classic recipe, which are helping to keep it fresh and perky in the cocktail world. 

The hero ingredients in this Mocha Frappé Martini recipe

Before you get onto freezing the mocha ice for this frappé, get yourself a bottle of Vodka O. A great-value vodka with a smooth and silky flavour, it blends easily with the rest of the ingredients to make a delicious-tasting batch cocktail. To boost the coffee flavour, team home-brewed espresso with Mr Black Cold Brewed Coffee Liqueur. Made with cold-pressed coffee beans from Ethiopia, Brazil and Papua New Guinea, it has the premium taste that would pass the bartender and barista test. 

Wondering what to make next? Try these

This espresso martini recipe is perfect if you have a soft spot for the classics and want to take things back to basics. And you don’t have to be a beer drinker to enjoy our Guinness Martini. Want to keep the ‘choctails’ coming? Warren Mendes has more chocolate cocktail recipes for you. 

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