The Espresso Martini is one of my favorite drinks ever!
When I arrived in New York in 2016 and started my 4-week cocktail course, I had only had one cocktail in my life: the Cosmopolitan. Manoh man, how gross I thought it was. Much too bitter (the bartender was very generous with the cointreau, I now know) and it didn't made me think of a cosmopolitan at all: easy-going, worldly, flexible.
The second cocktail I ever drank was -you guessed it- the Espresso Martini.
Day one of my course started off well, and I immediately fell in love with the combination of alcohol and caffeine. The two "extremes" play tennis with your brain and actually do what the bartender who created the Espresso Martini (Dick Bradsell) intended them to do:
Fucking you up and Waking you up at the same damn time.
This drink fits perfectly with the city in which it was conceived.
New York is a fast-paced city and its inhabitants are - in addition to being rude - very thoughtful and vibrant. I had a great time there and when I sip an espresso martini, it always takes me back to that time.
To make these seven variations, you obviously need espresso. Here's how to brew a quality, strong and simple-to-make espresso at home.
*All these cocktails have the same glassware, method and garnish: Coupe, Shake & Fine Strain, 3 coffee beans.
We'll talk about those 3 coffee beans later.
Vodka Espresso Martinis
The Classic: The recipe of the inventor, Dick Bradsell:
7.5ml Sugar syrup
Chocolate Espresso Martini, made by yours truly:
20ml Vodka (Stolichnaya, if possible)
20ml Tia Maria
20ml Crème de Cacao
Hazelnut Espresso Martini:
20ml Hazelnut syrup from Dreamy
Rum Espresso Martini's
45ml Havana 3 year-old Rum
10ml Sugar syrup
2 drops salt solution (1:4 ratio salt:water)
The ABC-F (Arabic Black Coffee Flip):
45ml Angostura 7 year-old Rum
1 whole egg
Whiskey Espresso Martini
50ml Jameson Irish Whiskey Stout Edition
20ml Whole Milk
10ml Mint Syrup
Non-alcoholic Espresso Martini:
50ml Seedlip Spice 94
15ml Sugar syrup
Why 3 coffee beans in the Espresso Martini?
The tradition of three coffee beans in your Espresso Martini originated in Italy. There, Sambuca is usually served with three coffee beans. Sometimes you get one coffee bean in it and they call this "Sambuca con la mosca" there. Apparently, in the 1950s it was a fun game among Italians to try to throw coffee beans into each other's glasses on the terrace. If you succeeded, there was a fly in your Sambuca: "Sambuca con la mosca". Since Italians love symbolism, someone eventually came up with the idea of garnishing Sambuca's with three coffee beans, symbolizing Health, Prosperity and Happiness. Dick Bradsell adopted this and thus most bartenders garnish your Espresso Martini with three coffee beans!
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