When it comes to classic cocktails, believe it or not, the espresso martini is one of the most popular. It’s a delicious mix of coffee and alcohol that’s perfect for sipping on a warm summer evening or to kick off a night out. But what’s the history behind this classic drink?
Although the espresso martini has recently gained some notoriety, it is actually an old cocktail. The espresso martini was first created in 1983 by London-based bartender Dick Bradsell. Bradsell was an innovator who was always looking for new and interesting ways to mix drinks. One night, a model approached him in a cocktail bar and asked him to make her a drink that would “wake me up and then f*ck me up”. Bradsell took the challenge and created the espresso martini.
The espresso martini is a simple mix of vodka, espresso, coffee liqueur and sugar syrup. The vodka is the base of the drink and can be swapped out for different types of alcohol, such as gin, white rum or tequila. The espresso is the main flavor and should be a strong, bold blend. Coffee liqueurs, such as Kahlúa or Tia Maria, add a sweetness to the drink and should be added to taste. Sugar syrup helps to balance out the flavors and can be adjusted to make the drink sweeter or less sweet.
To make the perfect espresso martini at home, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 2 ounces of vodka
- 1 ounce of espresso
- 1 ounce of coffee liqueur
- 1 ounce of sugar syrup
Once all the ingredients are ready, pour them into a shaker and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with three coffee beans.
For a bit of extra flair, you can also top the espresso martini with coffee foam. To make the coffee foam, just mix equal parts espresso and sugar syrup in a blender and blend until the mixture is light and fluffy. Top the martini with the foam and garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder.
No matter how you make it, the espresso martini is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Serve it up for your next gathering and enjoy the perfect mix of coffee and booze. Cheers!
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