Apart from its ability to keep you going when you’re flagging on a night out, my favourite thing about the Espresso Martini is the story behind its creation. The tale goes that the recipe was created by legendary Soho barman Dick Bradsell in the 1980s at posh London haunt Fred’s Club, when a supermodel asked him for a drink. Her order? Something to “wake me up and fuck me up”.
That model went on to become a household name, apparently, but also gave us a drink that, as well as fulfilling the brief, is a delicious, creamy cocktail that packs a boozy punch (this is not a drink you want to overdo). The experts say that decent coffee – a freshly brewed cup will give you that Instagram-worthy crema on top – and lots of ice is the key. This classic version can be sweetened with sugar syrup, if you like.
PREPARATION TIME: 5 MINUTES
YOU WILL NEED: Shaker (with built-in strainer), Martini glass, ice, coffee beans to garnish
- 30ml fresh espresso
- 30ml ice-cold vodka
- 30ml Kahlua
- Coffee beans to garnish
- First make a cup of espresso.
- Add lots of ice to a shaker, then add the vodka and kahlua, stir and add the hot coffee.
- Shake hard and strain into a chilled Martini glass.
- Garnish with three coffee beans