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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.

Ingredients

Steps

  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.