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Jun. 15, 2022
Invented by British mixologist Dick Bradsell in the 1980s, the original espresso martini cocktail is an exquisite combination of vodka, coffee liqueurs, strong coffee and three coffee beans as garnish. The result is a rich, creamy and indulgent cocktail that will wake up your senses.
Decades later, the classic is still buzzing. Whether you are loyal to its original version or like to experiment with different flavours, an espresso martini cocktail is the perfect nightcap or the best way to kick off the rest of your night.
The original espresso martini cocktail recipe contains espresso, coffee liqueur and vodka. Don’t forget the signature garnish: three whole coffee beans sitting atop of the frothy surface. This finishing touch comes from the Italian tradition of using three coffee beans as a garnish in a cafe corretto, with the beans representing health, wealth and happiness.
If you’re feeling festive around the holidays or just love the flavour of peppermint, try the Candy Cane Lane. Not only is it a beautiful cocktail to enjoy during a cold winter day to cozy up to, but it also adds subtle notes of freshness to your martini cocktail.
The high number of different coffee cocktail iterations comes as no surprise. After all, there are a lot of coffee lovers out there. You can explore with different types of coffee and ingredients.
For instance, the Aperitivo Espresso contains coffee and tonic water with vodka for a fizzy, mid-day aperitif. An orange garnish brings a touch of citrus for a brighter coffee cocktail.
For a more purist approach, the Black Russian keeps things simple with just vodka and a coffee liqueur.
If you already have an espresso machine, you’re in luck. Just pull an espresso shot and you’re good to go. But don’t worry if you don’t have one — there are still plenty of ways to experience this cocktail.
If you want to skip the brewing, go to your local barista and ask for the type of coffee the recipe calls for.
Once you’ve gathered all your ingredients, you’ll be ready to shake things up. Literally. The classic espresso martini cocktail is shaken, not stirred, which gives it its frothy complexion. We recommend using a Boston shaker as it’s both easy to use and efficient. Another key component is a tea strainer, which is a really fine strainer to avoid larger chunks of ice falling into your drink and diluting it.
Finally, presentation is key. Oddly enough, coffee martini cocktails are not always served in a martini cocktail glass. You may want to serve them in a coupe glass. If you do decide to invest in this type of glassware, rest assured that they will come in handy for many other types of vodka cocktails and champagne.
The espresso martini cocktail is one of those classics that is not only delicious and easy to make, but also a good base for a wide variety of other coffee cocktails. Which one will be your favourite?