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Espresso martini
IBA official cocktail
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TypeMixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard garnish3 coffee beans
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
IBA specified
PreparationPour ingredients into shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into chilled martini glass.
dagger Espresso martini recipe at International Bartenders Association

The espresso martini is a cold, coffee-flavored cocktail made with vodka, espresso coffee, coffee liqueur, and sugar syrup. It is not a true martini as it contains neither gin nor vermouth, but is one of many drinks that incorporate the term into their names.


There are several claims for the origin of the espresso martini. One of the more common claims[1][2] is that it was created by Dick Bradsell in the late 1980s while at Freds Club in London for a young lady who asked for something that would, "Wake me up, and then fuck me up." Bradsell has made this claim in a widely-circulated video.[3] Bradsell has also been quoted about the circumstances of his invention of the drink, "The coffee machine at the Soho Brasseries was right next to the station where I served drinks. It was a nightmare, as there were coffee grounds everywhere, so coffee was very much on my mind. And it was all about vodka back then – it was all people were drinking."[4][5]

The recipes for an espresso martini vary depending on the source. Traditionally, they include Kahlúa or Tia Maria.

Difford's Guide[edit]

Difford's Guide recommends 1.5 imperial fluid ounces (43 mL) of vodka, 34 imperial fluid ounce (21 mL) of hot espresso coffee, 34 imperial fluid ounce (21 mL) fluid ounce of Kahlua and 13 imperial fluid ounce (9.5 mL) sugar syrup.[6] The ingredients are poured into a shaker filled with ice. The mixture is then shaken, fine strained and poured into a chilled martini glass. The drink is garnished with coffee beans (and perhaps a twist of lemon zest) and served.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Blythe, Thomas (July 23, 2012). "Shot in the dark: beware the espresso martini". GQ UK. Condé Nast. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  2. ^ Parkhill, Chad (November 4, 2016). "Why is Australia so obsessed with the espresso martini?". The Guardian. London, England. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "Dick Bradsell and his Vodka Espresso". YouTube. YouTube. April 24, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2017. London's Cocktail Guru Dick Bradsell has a brief interview with Kasia Olszko; Then Uncle Dick makes a Vodka Espresso, followed by a Vodka Martini.
  4. ^ Simon Difford (2017). "Vodka Espresso/Espresso Martini". Difford's Guide. Difford's Guide. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Hatchman, John (August 25, 2016). "Spirit of the Month – Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur". The London Economic. The London Economic. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Espresso Martini". Difford's Guide. Difford's Guide. 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  7. ^ Newman, Kara (2016). "Espresso Martini". Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  8. ^ Cloak, Felicity (December 28, 2016). "How to make the perfect espresso martini". The Guardian. London, England. Retrieved January 27, 2017.

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