The Espresso Martini cocktail was created by Dick Bradsell for a customer who allegedly asked for something that would "wake her up, & f*** her up", hence the combination of vodka & strong espresso coffee.

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  • Difficulty: Medium
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  • Occasions: After Dinner Evening
  • Preparation Time: 5 min
Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini Ingredients

Espresso Coffee1shots
Sugar Syrup0.33shot

Garnish with 3 coffee beans.

How to Make a Espresso Martini

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice & shake well.
  2. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail Martini glass.
  3. Carefully place three coffee beans on top of the drink for garnish & serve.

Tips & Tricks Making a Espresso Martini

  • Add the sugar syrup to taste - this will ensure good balance with the bitterness of the coffee you're using.
  • Prepare the espresso coffee in advance & allow to cool naturally. Because it is slightly acidic, espresso coffee can be prepared in advance & stored in a refrigerator for a number of days.
  • Do not add ice to hot coffee if you can avoid it. Adding ice to hot coffee makes the coffee very bitter - as cold-brew coffee aficionados will tell you.

Fun Facts About the Espresso Martini

  • The espresso martini is one of the New Era IBA cocktails officially recognised by the International Bartenders Association(IBA). The recipe above is in agreement with the espresso martini IBA recipe.
  • In the english language the "espresso" is so often mistakenly called "expresso" that it now appears in the dictionary as a quirky variant, so it is perfectly acceptable to ask for an expresso martini the next time you're out.

Items You Need to Make a Espresso Martini

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Spirit Measure

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