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Celebrating the holiday season with this cozy Chai Espresso Martini. Homemade vanilla chai and honey simple syrup, mixed with the classic espresso martini ingredients of vodka, Kahlúa, and a shot of espresso. A shot of coconut milk makes the drink a touch creamy and just that much more delicious. This is the perfect subtle twist on the classic espresso martini cocktail. It’s a delicious holiday treat to cap off the night.

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The Saturday before Thanksgiving week…the festive season is finally here! I know, I’m the cheesiest, but as I say every single year, the holidays bring out my cheesy side. And I love every minute of the next few weeks.

For once, I didn’t need to spend a lot of time going back and forth on the perfect drink to share today. I knew exactly what I wanted to share with you.

Something warming, something cozy, and something that would really end any holiday evening just right. This is the perfect drink.

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The details

The chai syrup is the extra special holiday touch to this martini. It’s also so simple to make. You basically brew chai tea, then add honey and vanilla to create a simple syrup.

The syrup will make enough for about six cocktails. This is awesome to have on hand for any…unannounced guests…or if you just want to make yourself a fancy holiday martini. It’s not too sweet, perfectly spiced with warming flavors of chai, and just lightly hinted with vanilla.

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Shake the chai honey syrup with vodka, Kahlúa, a shot of espresso, and a shot of coconut milk. You’ll get a sweet martini with just the right amount of espresso, hints of vanilla, and a little creaminess too. Oh so GOOD!

The key to a good espresso martini is all in that frothy top. I know it might seem like a hard thing to achieve, but it’s actually very easy. You just need to really shake the drink together with ice for a good minute to create the froth. The harder you shake, the more froth you’ll get.

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I wanted to make the drink sparkle and shine, so I rimmed the glass with a sweet vanilla-sugar (simply sugar mixed with vanilla bean seeds). Not needed…but really festive (and delicious) for the holidays.

And that’s it. Enjoy guys! This one is perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas entertaining.

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Looking for other easy after-dinner holiday drinks? Here are my favorites: 

Chai Old Fashioned

Vanilla Chai White Russian

Spiced Maple Bourbon Fizz

Vanilla Espresso Martini

Lastly, if you make this Chai Espresso Martini, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Chai Espresso Martini

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 1 martini
Calories Per Serving: 1157 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Chai Honey Syrup



  • 1. To make the chai honey syrup. In a medium pot, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the chai tea bags, cover and steep 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add the honey. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Let cool. This syrup makes enough for about 6 drinks.
    2. If desired, rim your glass with vanilla sugar.
    3. In a cocktail shaker, combine 1-2 tablespoons chai syrup, vodka, Kahlua, espresso, and coconut milk. Add ice and shake vigorously for 1 minute. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg and star anise, if desired. 
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  1. 5 stars
    There’s no way this drink has over 1000 calories in it, lol. It’s possible that that’s counting all of the syrup, but it seems high even then. I put the ingredients for this into MyFitnessPal and it said it has 400 calories, which I think seems far more accurate. Either way, it’s delicious!

    1. Hey Maddie,
      Perfect!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad it was a hit! Have a great weekend:)

  2. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe! I’ve made it but ever looked at the calories!!!! Omg. 😳I don’t know that I can ever enjoy another as much as the last one. 😂 Regardless, we all love your recipes. 😘

    1. Hey Lori,
      Wonderful!! I appreciate you making this recipe, I’m so glad it turned out well for you! Have a great weekend:)

    1. Hey Debbie,
      Happy Sunday!!❄️ I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for trying it out and sharing your feedback! xx

  3. 4 stars
    Made this tonight with a chai concentrate (not tea bags) so I was just kinda winging it! Ours came out very strong so I added a bit more coconut. Delicious!

    1. Hey Mari,
      I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Merry Christmas! 🎁🎄

    1. Hey Mariana,
      I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Merry Christmas! 🎁🎄

  4. 5 stars
    Made this last year and it has been specially requested again this year. I batch enough for 12, i make a bunch of espresso ahead of time, maybe this year I will just get cold brew concentrate, so all i have to do is assemble and shake. I wish I could post pictures!!

    1. Hey Lindsey,
      Happy Friday!!☃️ I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it and your comment! xT

  5. Hello! Just tried the recipe. I shook the coconut milk can quite a bit before using but there was a bit of sediment throughout the drink still. Do you have an recommendations?!

    1. Hey there,
      Thanks for giving this drink a try! You can try popping the coconut milk in the blender to avoid any of that! I hope this helps! Cheers! xT

  6. Is it really over 1000 calories for one drink? I’m still going to do it, just want to know what I’m letting myself in for…:)

    1. Hi Lisa,
      I think the calculator is accounting for all of the syrup:) Let me know if you give this recipe a try! Cheers! xx

  7. Also interested in a link or information on the glasses! Planning to make this cocktail for Christmas Eve, can’t wait to try it!