Espresso Martini
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Espresso Martini
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4.87 / 5
Created by Dick Bradsell in 1983 and now loved the world over, this is the best-balanced combination for a lovely Espresso Martini. Created by Dick Bradsell in 1983 and now loved the world over, this is the best-balanced combination for a lovely Espresso Martini.
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15 key ingredients
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Coffee
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22.61% | 2.6 units *
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Classic
Shaken

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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cl
30ml 1oz 3cl
50ml 1⅔oz 5cl
10ml ⅓oz 1cl
1 shot 1 shot 1 shot

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Espresso Martini is a brilliantly invigorating mix, combining the rich, robust depth of coffee with the clean, sharp notes of vodka—truly a wake-up call in a glass. The coffee liqueur adds a touch of sweetness that bridges the gap between the bold bitterness of the coffee and the subtle bite of the vodka, creating a smoothly balanced cocktail that’s both sophisticated and sippable.

Method
How to make a Espresso Martini

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake vigorously; it should be somewhat frothy
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve
~ Depending on your palette you may wish to add a little sugar syrup to the mix before shaking. ~

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Espresso Martini?

The Espresso Martini was created in the late 1980s by London bartender Dick Bradsell. According to legend, a young woman asked for a drink that would 'wake me up, and then f*** me up.' Bradsell, who was working at the Soho Brasserie at the time, combined vodka with espresso to create what would become the Espresso Martini.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I make an Espresso Martini without a coffee machine?

Yes, you can make an Espresso Martini without a coffee machine by using strong, cold brew coffee or a concentrated instant coffee solution as a substitute for the espresso shot. The key is to ensure the coffee is rich and strong enough to mimic the flavor and texture of espresso.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of vodka is best for an Espresso Martini?

For an Espresso Martini, it's best to use a high-quality, smooth vodka to complement the robust flavors of the coffee. A premium, neutral-flavored vodka is often recommended as it allows the rich coffee flavor to shine through without overpowering the drink.

FAQ

How can I achieve the signature frothy top of an Espresso Martini?

The signature frothy top of an Espresso Martini is achieved by shaking the cocktail vigorously with ice. The shaking process emulsifies the natural oils and proteins in the coffee, creating a smooth and frothy layer on top of the drink. Make sure to shake for at least 15 seconds to achieve the best froth.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Can I customize my Espresso Martini?

Absolutely! While the classic Espresso Martini recipe includes coffee liqueur, vodka, sugar syrup, and coffee, you can customize it by adjusting the ratios to suit your taste or by adding additional flavors like vanilla, caramel, or even a splash of cream for a richer texture. Experimenting with different types of coffee can also alter its taste and strength.

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