Espresso Martini

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Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add Absolut Vodka, Kahlúa, and Espresso.
  3. Shake well to get the foam on top, and strain it into a cocktail or martini glass.
  4. Garnish by placing three coffee beans on top.

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This ”pick me up” style of cocktail is a result of an off-the-cuff lightbulb moment by the pioneering and now late but legendary bartender Dick Bradsell from London. The story goes that in the mid-80’s a supermodel walked up to the renowned bartender and asked him for a drink in a manner we can’t repeat here. The bartender swiftly pulled a fresh espresso from the newly installed coffee machine in the bar and mixed it with Vodka, Kahlua and a touch of sugar, gave it a good shake and strained it into a martini glass, and just like that a modern classic was born. Fast-forward to today, the Espresso Martini has by far surpassed drinks such as the Mojito and Margarita in fame and recognition. Cheers to Health, Wealth & Happiness as the three beans symbolise floating gently on the creamy head.

You need a cocktail shaker. There are many different variations but the most common are Cobbler, Boston or Parisian style cocktail shakers, for the last two you need a hawthorne strainer as well. In a home environment though, a sports drink shaker could be an option as they often have a convenient built in strainer (healthy sinner right there!).

For the actual drink you’ll need Absolut Vodka, Kahlua Coffee liqueur, some sugar syrup, or as we call it simple syrup which means 50/50 caster Sugar and water that is heated until the sugar is dissolved and then cooled down before using. And of course a shot of your favourite espresso. There are a number of different pods on the market, all with different character and intensity. We prefer quite a high intensity pod for ours. But by all means, feel free to experiment with Cold Brew or regular filter coffee for a less intense profile.

Originally and as the name refers to, an Espresso Martini is served in a Martini glass or stemmed cocktail glass but you can definitely use whatever glass you have at hand. Why not a short glass over ice.

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