Excuse me, did I hear “ESPRESSO MARTINI”?

It’s the Labour Day holiday, and we chanced upon the perfect recipe for one last cocktail before heading back to work tomorrow.

Or if you’ve had enough for the weekend, then you’re gonna want to bookmark this:

Introducing, the ESPRESSO MARTINI!

Photo credit: jamieoliver.com

Created in ‘80s Soho, London, by cocktail legend Dick Bradsell, the story goes that a delightful young lady entered his bar and asked Dick to make her a drink that “wakes me up and then [insert expletive here] me up”.

This drink is perfect for Labour Day and every other labourious day. Just a word of caution, don’t expect this cocktail to keep you up all night – it doesn’t work that way.

To make this dark and sexy cocktail, you’ll need:

  • 50ml vodka of your choice (Grey Goose recommended)
  • 35ml coffee liqueur (Kahlua preferably, or Baileys if you prefer something creamier)
  • 1 shot (25ml) of espresso
    • If you’re thinking of using one of Hook’s beans for this, Sweet Bundchen or Kopi Sutra will give you much more body and that decadent chocolatey oopmh. If you’re more adventurous than we are, take your pick from the full range!
  • Ice


First, fill the martini glass with ice to chill.

Mix all other ingredients into a cocktail shaker, then fill it with ice as well.

Cap the shaker and shake the daylight out of it to create a frothy texture. Do it quick because you wouldn’t want a diluted martini, would you?

Once shaken, empty the ice out of the Martini glass then seive the contents of the shaker directly into the glass.


You’re now a home barista-cum-bartender 😉

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