The story of the Espresso Martini

The Espresso Martini is a sumptuous mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso. It’s rich, indulgent and creamy, and the shot of espresso will make sure you keep up with the pack if you find yourself flagging at your office Christmas party!

Who would have thought vodka and espresso go so well together?espresso martini

The honour of this deliciously smooth cocktail invention goes to British bartending guru Dick Bradsell. He is credited with revolutionizing the cocktail scene in London in the 1980s, through his work at bars such as The Player, 6 Degrees and Match – and the invention of modern classics like the Bramble.

The story goes that Bradsell created the drink—originally called The Vodka Espresso then the Pharmaceutical Stimulant—at Fred’s Club in the late 1980s, when a young model, who Bradsell claims is now world famous, sidled up to the bar and asked for something to “wake me up and f**k me up”. His solution was a combination of vodka, fresh espresso, coffee liqueur and sugar, shaken into a frothy mix of bittersweet addiction.

The Espresso Martini is now a world wide classic, many more have claimed to have invented it but we believe it has to have been Dick Bradsell.

How to make an Espresso Martini

50ml Vodka (We like to use Tovaritch!)

25ml Coffee liqueur

25ml Fresh Esspresso

Sugar syrup to sweeten to taste

3 coffee beans to garnish

Mix the ingredients together in a shaker full of ice and shake hard for 30 seconds. Strain into a Martini glass, you should get a nice froth on top which you can garnish with coffee beans.

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Image credit Telegraph and  Jamie Oliver

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