Espresso Martini - the story behind it

Espresso Martini - the story behind it

Dec 21, 2017

The Espresso Martini is a sumptuous mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso. It’s rich, indulgent and creamy, and the shot of espresso will make sure you keep up with the pack if you find yourself flagging at your office Christmas party!

It’s one of people’s amazing inventions - one would have never thought that vodka and espresso go together so well!

There are many stories behind who and when this cocktail was invented.. One of the most famous one is probably the most genuine one as well. The credit goes to the British bartending guru Dick Bradsell, who is famous for revolutionizing the cocktail scene in London in the 1980s, through his work at bars such as The Player, 6 Degrees and Match – and the invention of modern classics like the Bramble.

The story goes back to the late 1980s, when a young model, who is now world famous according to Bradsell, sidled up to the bar and asked him for a drink that will “wake me up and f*** me up”. His answer to that was a combination of vodka, fresh espresso coffee, coffee liquier and sugar, all shaken into a frothy mix of bittersweet magic!Originally, the drink was called The Vodka Espresso then the Pharmaceutical Stimulant. Whilst now it has the word ‘martini’ into his name, it is not classified as a real martini, but has the honour to carry that famous name.

So, do you fancy one already? Come and try this bittersweet addiction for yourself!

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Photo Credit: Michael Cavalleri

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