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The Perfect Espresso Martini

Credit legendary British bartender Dick Bradsell for this delicious concoction. The story he tells is that a now-famous model asked for a drink to “wake me up and f*ck me up.” His solution—a combination of vodka, espresso, and coffee liqueur—is now considered a classic. Typically, the Espresso Martini is made with Kahlúa and is topped with three coffee beans (representing health, happiness, and prosperity). – AJ Dean

Glass: Martini
Garnish: Coffee beans


  • 2 oz/60 ml vodka
  • ½ oz/15 ml coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz/30 ml espresso, freshly brewed
  • ¼ oz/7 ml simple syrup
  • Coffee bean, for garnish


In a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a coffee bean floated on the top.


Let’s face it, not everyone has an espresso machine. Not to worry. Here’s a recipe for an Easy Espresso Martini, using store-bought cold-brew coffee. In a lowball glass, add 2 oz (60 ml) vodka, 1 oz (30 ml) cold-brew coffee, and 1 oz (30 ml) coffee liqueur and stir to mix. Add an ice cube and serve. 


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