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"Dick Bradsell was working at the Soho Brasserie in the mid-1980s when a customer asked him to make her a drink that would ‘wake her up and f**k her up’.."

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Espresso Martini

This classic 90’s cocktail is a crowd pleaser and a pick me up that has stayed a popular choice among drinkers since its creation over 20 years ago.

Method

Chill a martini glass/coupette in the freezer or fill it with ice.

Take your Boston glass or small tin and, using your jigger to measure, add the vodka, Kahlua, coffee and sugar syrup.

Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal using your Boston tin or lid, before shaking VERY hard for 15-20 seconds.

Remove your glass from the freezer or empty of ice if necessary and, using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain the cocktail into your chilled martini glass or coupette.

Garnish with 3 coffee beans arranged in a triangle at the edge of the glass.

Serve and enjoy!

History

The creation of the Espresso Martini is widely attributed to legendary bartender Dick Bradsell.

He was working at the Soho Brasserie in the mid-1980s when a customer asked him to make her a drink that would ‘wake her up and f**k her up’. It’s said that Dick used vodka simply because it happened to be the spirit in vogue at the time.

In the early 1980s Dick Bradsell was working at the Soho Brasserie when a customer asked him to make her a drink that would ‘wake her up and f**k her up’. It’s said that Dick used vodka simply because that was the spirit of choice at the time.

Allergens
Contains coffee
Ingredients

40ml Vodka

25ml Kahlua

40ml Espresso

10ml Sugar Syrup

Coffee Beans to Garnish

Times:

Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Calories:

160 calories

Servings:

Serves 1

Method

Chill a martini glass/coupette in the freezer or fill it with ice.

Take your Boston glass or small tin and, using your jigger to measure, add the vodka, Kahlua, coffee and sugar syrup.

Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal using your Boston tin or lid, before shaking VERY hard for 15-20 seconds.

Remove your glass from the freezer or empty of ice if necessary and, using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain the cocktail into your chilled martini glass or coupette.

Garnish with 3 coffee beans arranged in a triangle at the edge of the glass.

Serve and enjoy!

History

The creation of the Espresso Martini is widely attributed to legendary bartender Dick Bradsell.

He was working at the Soho Brasserie in the mid-1980s when a customer asked him to make her a drink that would ‘wake her up and f**k her up’. It’s said that Dick used vodka simply because it happened to be the spirit in vogue at the time.

In the early 1980s Dick Bradsell was working at the Soho Brasserie when a customer asked him to make her a drink that would ‘wake her up and f**k her up’. It’s said that Dick used vodka simply because that was the spirit of choice at the time.

Allergens
Contains coffee
Recommended

The Espresso Martini is a crowd-pleasing cocktail and perfect for those planning a vodka-based menu for their mobile bar hire. This classic 90’s cocktail has stayed a popular choice among drinkers since its creation over 20 years ago.

The rich flavours of coffee are a great inclusion for a warming winter menu but the crisp cold refreshing nature of this cocktail make it just as good a choice during the summer months. Whilst this cocktail is generally pretty well received, not everyone is a fan of coffee and you may want to include some lighter more citrusy drinks on your menu. For another vodka-based classic with a similarly elegant serve, the Cosmopolitan makes a great choice to go alongside the Espresso Martini.

Espresso Martinis aren’t just limited to vodka either, the luxurious flavours of fresh espresso and coffee liqueur pair brilliantly with a range of spirits, rum, brandy, whiskey or even tequila all work just as well in this classic drink and can give it a new and interesting flavour profile. If you want to serve a variation on the Espresso Martini don’t hesitate to ask your event organiser about what spirits might work well.

If you want to feature an Espresso Martini on your cocktail menu and are keen to find out more about what drinks to serve with it be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options or check out some other vodka-based, wintry and modern-classic cocktails from our list.

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