Espresso Martini

Image: Molly DeCoudreaux

If you’re looking for a pick-me-up post-dinner, the Espresso Martini is here to jolt you awake with its boozy magical powers. The cold coffee-flavored cocktail mixes vodka with espresso coffee, coffee liqueur (usually Kahlúa) and simple syrup. Garnish with a few coffee beans, and it’s picture perfect.

British bartender Dick Bradsell invented this now-classic drink, a.k.a. the Vodka Espresso, at Fred’s Club in London in the late ’80s. Legend has it that Kate Moss asked for a drink that would “wake me up and then fuck me up” at the same time, and the Espresso Martini was the result.


  • 60 ml Vodka
  • 15 ml Simple syrup
  • 15 ml Coffee liqueur
  • 30 ml Freshly brewed espresso
  • Garnish: Coffee beans


  1. Add all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.
  2. Fine-strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with 3 coffee beans.

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