Espresso Martini

A famous supermodel walks into a bar and says "I want a drink that'll wake me up and F@#K me up!" Bartender Dick Bradsell christens "The Espresso Martini"

History of the Espresso Martini

It’s the 1980s; An unnamed famous supermodel walks into a bar and makes the following demand. She says “I want a drink that will wake me up and F@#K me up!” Bartender and British mixologist Dick Bradsell makes the cocktail that he eventually christens “The Espresso Martini”

We might never know which supermodel it was that walked into the bar that fateful day at the Soho Brasserie (urban legend says it was Kate Moss) but what we do know is that the original name, The Vodka Espresso or Espresso Vodka, doesn’t roll off the tongue as nicely as The Espresso Martini!

Espresso Vodka Cocktail (AKA Espresso Martini)

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Recipe by Julian Solorzano Photography by Eric Strausman Cuisine: 1980s CocktailDifficulty: Easy ????


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  • 1 Ounces Ketel One Vodka

  • .50 Ounces Kahlua

  • .50 Ounces Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur

  • 1.50 Ounces Cold Espresso


  • Shake all the ingredients well with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
  • When properly shaken, the crema from the espresso rises again and will remain for the life of the drink.

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Written by Chris Harris, Staff Writer

Howdy. I’m Chris Harris. One of the writers here at Cocktail Hammer. I have a passion for all things food, wine, and mixology. When I’m not I’m behind the bar or writing for this awesome blog, you can find me riding my bike all across New York City.

Edited by Julian Solorzano, Staff Editor

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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