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How To Make An Espresso Martini

Vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso

Rich and invigorating

Coffee and alcohol combine perfectly for this after-dinner tipple, designed to keep you dancing till sunrise

It was 1983 and Dick Bradsell was tending bar at the Soho Brassiere in London when, as the story goes, an American model approached the bar and asked him to make her a drink that “wakes me up and then fucks me up.” With the coffee machine sitting next to his bar station, and it being the heyday of vodka, the Vodka Espresso was born, originally served on the rocks.

“I suppose it was inevitable that these two bastions of psychosomatic alteration should one day combine forces to become allies in the fight for a good night out,” writes Tristan Stephenson in The Curious Barista's Guide to Coffee.

Whether or not that is the true story behind the invention of the Espresso Martini seems beside the point

Years later Dick was behind the bar at MATCH and started serving the drink straight up under the name the Espresso Martini. Quickly becoming a global phenomenon, the universally popular drink is best made using good quality espresso both for flavour and texture. Step away from the instant coffee.

Make it at home:

Prep Time: 5 minutes   |   Serves: 1   |  Skill: Easy

40ml vodka   |   20ml coffee liqueur   |   25ml espresso coffee   |   5ml sugar syrup   |   Cubed ice to shake   |   3 coffee beans

Place a Martini glass in the freezer three hours before to chill

Cocktail shaker   |  Hawthorne strainer   |  Martini glass

1. Pour the vodka, coffee, liqueur and sugar into one half of your cocktail shaker
2. Fill this with ice
3. Cover and shake well until thoroughly chilled
4. Strain into a chilled Martini glass
5. Garnish by floating three coffee beans on top