If you're a bit of a booze nerd like us, then you might have noticed a lot of media signifying the Espresso Martini as making a comeback. We're wondering, did it ever leave? This iconic cocktail, along with other flavoured martinis was at peak popularity in the 90s, but it remains a staple order at many cocktail bars.
This coffee-and-vodka cocktail has a storied, but disputed, history. According to mixologist lore, in the 1980s, a model walked into Fred’s Club in London and asked iconic bartender for a drink to “wake me up, then f-ck me up.” It caught on and enjoyed its heyday in the ’90s, A.K.A. the martini era—a time when any vodka drink in a V-shaped glass could be ‘tinified (remember the Appletini?).
While the espresso martini never truly disappeared, it began trending again in the 2020s. Like a grown-up iced coffee, the perpetually popular cocktail features vodka, coffee and coffee liquor. It’s like everyone wants to “wake up and get messed up” at the moment!
Prep time: 2 Minutes
Nutrition: 230 Calories
- 100ml vanilla vodka
- 50ml freshly brewed espresso coffee
- 50ml coffee liqueur
- 4 coffee beans (optional)
- 1 tbsp sugar syrup
- Pour sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker along with ice, the vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur. Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold.
- Strain into the chilled glasses. Garnish each one with coffee beans and enjoy.
Category: Drinks Cuisine: Cocktail