The Espresso Martini was created in the late 1980s by legendary British bartender Dick Bradsell at the Soho Brasserie in London. It is said that a famous model asked for a drink that would 'wake her up and mess her up' at the same time, and thus, the Espresso Martini was born. Since then, it has become a popular choice for coffee and cocktail lovers alike.
- Originally called the 'Vodka Espresso'
- Became popular in the 1990s and early 2000s
- A modern classic cocktail
The Espresso Martini is a rich, velvety, and slightly sweet cocktail with a strong coffee flavor and a hint of bitterness. It has a creamy texture and a frothy top, making it a luxurious and indulgent drink.
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What kind of vodka is best for an Espresso Martini?
A high-quality, neutral-tasting vodka is best for an Espresso Martini to highlight the flavors of the coffee.
Are there any specific coffee beans recommended for Espresso Martinis?
Arabica coffee beans are usually preferred for their balanced acidity and sweetness, but the choice largely depends on personal preference.
Do I need a special kind of shaker for making Espresso Martini?
Any good-quality cocktail shaker would work. However, a shaker with a built-in strainer allows for easier pouring.
How do I get that nice frothy top on an Espresso Martini?
The froth forms when the drink is shaken vigorously. The shaking process creates aeration, which leads to the formation of small bubbles on top.
Can I make an Espresso Martini without alcohol?
Yes, simply substitute the vodka and coffee liqueur with coffee and extra simple syrup.