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March 15th - Espresso Martini

In my time working behind the bar, I have maybe made a handful of Espresso Martinis. Why? It's a classic cocktail that either you are OBSESSED with or you have never heard of it. In my experience, there are few that fall in between. While it's not a cocktail that sits high on my list of favorites I will say that this unique cocktail does have a fascinating history, which we'll explore in this blog post and of course we will finish off with a classic Espresso Martini recipe. Let's get in it.

The History of the Espresso Martini
Dick Bardsell - Bartender
Dick Bardsell - Bartender

He was working at the Soho Brasserie in London when it is sad that a "top model" asked for a drink that would "wake me up, and then f*** me up". Bradsell took inspiration from an Italian liqueur called Kahlua and decided to create a cocktail that combined the flavors of coffee and vodka.

The original recipe for the Espresso Martini included vodka, Kahlua, fresh espresso, and simple syrup. This combination of ingredients makes the cocktail subtly sweet, savory, and dense. I will give Bardsell this, the Espresso Martini will absolutely jolt you awake with is boozy magical powers. Bardsell would shake the ingredients with ice and strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass. He would then garnish the drink with three coffee beans, which are said to represent health, happiness, and prosperity.

The Espresso Martini quickly became a hit at the Soho Brasserie, and it has since become a staple in bars and restaurants around the world. The drink's popularity is due in part to its unique flavor profile, which combines the bitterness of espresso with the sweetness of Kahlua and the smoothness of vodka.

The Espresso Martini is a classic cocktail that has stood the test of time ad without failure will flood your social media every March 15th. Its unique combination of coffee and alcohol has made it a favorite of drinkers around the world. Whether you're a coffee lover or a cocktail enthusiast, the Espresso Martini is a drink that is sure to please. So next time you're looking for a pick-me-up, try making one at home with this recipe. You won't be disappointed!


How to Make the Perfect Espresso Martini
Espresso Martini
Espresso Martini

Making an Espresso Martini at home is easier than you might think. Here's a recipe that will help you create the perfect cocktail:


  • 2 ounces vodka

  • 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur (usually Kahlúa)

  • 1-ounce espresso, freshly brewed (or cold brew concentrate)

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • Garnish: coffee beans


  1. Add vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup to a shaker filled with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  3. Garnish with 3 coffee beans.



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