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Espresso Martini

By Stephen Thompson

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.


40ml Vodka

25ml Coffee Liqueur

30ml Espresso

10ml Sugar Syrup

Coffee Beans to Garnish


Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds


160 calories


Contains coffee


Serves 1


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, coffee liqueur, espresso 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!


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

In the early 1980’s 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.