Espresso Martini is a cold, coffee-flavored cocktail made with vodka, espresso coffee, coffee liqueur, and sugar syrup.
There are several claims for the origin of the Espresso Martini. One of the more common claims is that it was created by Dick Bradsell in the late 1980s while at the Brasserie Soho in London for a young lady who asked for something that would, “Wake me up, and then fxxx me up.” Bradsell has confirmed this in a widely-circulated video. Bradsell has also been quoted about the circumstances of his invention of the drink, “The coffee machine at the Soho Brasseries was right next to the station where I served drinks. It was a nightmare, as there were coffee grounds everywhere, so coffee was very much on my mind. And it was all about vodka back then – it was all people were drinking.”
The recipes for an Espresso Martini vary depending on the source.
How to make one yourself
We love the Soho House recipe and the measures below will make one glass.
• 25ml (1fl oz) Kahlúa or Caffé Lolita liqueur
• 25ml (1fl oz) espresso
• 50ml (2fl oz) vodka
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake very vigorously to combine.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with three coffee beans placed next to each other on top.