Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini from our Monthly Gin Club

 

How to make an Espresso Martini

The Espresso Martini was invented in 1983 by Dick Bradsell in the Soho Brasserie in London. The story goes that a young supermodel staggered up to the bar and asked for something that will “wake me up, and then f*ck me up”. Dick is on record as saying his station was right next to the coffee machine (which drove him mad with it’s noise and coffee grounds everywhere) so the creation was fairly logical.  He originally made it with vodka and named it the "Vodka Espresso" before renaming it the Espresso martini.  Later on in his career while working at the Pharmacy Bar in Notting Hill he called it the "Pharmaceutical Stimulant".

But it's the Espresso Martini that stuck and became famous around the world.  Incidentally, he also created the Bramble, Russian Spring Punch and Treacle cocktails.

There are two key points to making a great Espresso Martini… the Espresso must be fresh (though cold brew works well too) and you have to really, really shake it to get a proper crema (the foamy, silky layer of tight bubbles that sit on top of the cocktail).  

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Ingredients

  • 50ml Gin (vodka works too)
  • 25ml espresso
  • 20ml coffee liqueur
  • 5ml simple syrup (see tips)

Garnish

  • 3 coffee beans or a twist of orange peel.

To make

  • Earlier in the day put a couple of cocktail glasses in the fridge to chill.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice (if you don’t have one, anything solid with a good lid will do).
  • Add all the other ingredients except the garnish and shake like crazy for about 30 seconds. You’re looking to build up a cream on top (like on a coffee) so it needs a bit harder shaking than most cocktails.
  • Strain into those chilled cocktail glasses and garnish with the coffee beans.

Variations on the theme.....

There are several well tried variations on an Espresso Martini that aren't so well known so give you a chance to surprise people:

FLAT WHITE MARTINI: replace the gin & coffee liqueur with 50ml of Baileys Original and 25ml of gin.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour in all ingredients and gently shake. Garnish with 3 coffee beans.

CUPPA JOE: 35ml gin, 35ml Fresh espresso and 35ml Hazelnut liqueur.  Try and get a citrus gin as that works best with the espresso.  

Add all ingredients to a shaker, fill with fresh, cubed ice and shake hard. Double strain into a chilled coupette and garnish 35ml gin, 35ml Fresh espresso and 35ml Hazelnut liqueur.  Try and get a citrus gin as that works best with the espresso.  with a lemon zest.

SALTED CARAMEL: 30ml gin, 15ml Kahlua, 10ml salted caramel syrup, 45ml fresh espresso coffee

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake hard and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with coffee beans or honeycomb pieces for a perfect finish!

TIRAMISU MARTINI: 30ml gin, 15ml Kahlua, 10ml salted caramel syrup, 45ml fresh espresso coffee

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake hard and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with coffee beans or honeycomb pieces for a perfect finish!


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