Vodka Espresso

The retro favorite that spawned the Espresso Martini!

  • Ice Cubes
  • 0.5 Part Kahlúa
  • 1.5 Parts Absolut Vodka
  • 0.3 Part Simple Syrup
  • 1 Part Espresso
  • 3 Whole Coffee Bean
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  1. 1. Add all ingredients and lots of ice into a shaker, or any vessel with a lid.
  2. 2. Shake for 15 - 20 seconds, to build up lots of that velvety foam.
  3. 3. Strain into a retro martini or cocktail glass – not forgetting the foam!
  4. 4. Finish off with 3 coffee beans on top (for good luck!).

In 1983, a world famous model strutted into the London bar, where late bartender legend Dick Bradsell worked. Worn out from a day of super-modelling, she orders a special drink but what she said would soon become legendary… Dick had just the thing - inspired by the coffee grounds around him, he makes a freshly pressed espresso and mixes in a shaker together with Coffee Liqueur (Kahlúa of course), vodka and sugar syrup. After a long hard shake, he pours it into a martini glass and gently pushes the drink towards the model – The first version of the now-legendary cocktail was born! Over the next few years, Bradsell refined the recipe into what would become the now-ubiquitous Espresso Martini. The main difference between the two? The Vodka Espresso’s sweetness (thanks to the addition of simple syrup).

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Espresso Martini


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