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      • How to Make The Perfect Espresso Martini

      • A coffee with a twist, the Espresso Martini is a sophisticated yet devilish drink. This beautifully tasteful beverage, poured into a delicate cocktail glass, will surely bring smiles to your coffee loving guests this New Years.


        Created in the 80’s in Soho, London, this fabulous cocktail was created by Dick Bradsell. A customer had asked for a drink that ‘wakes me up and then (insert expletive here) me up’. Freshly brewed coffee provided the 'wake up', whereas the mix of vodka and coffee liqueur provided the rest. Afterwards, the legendary Espresso Martini was born. 

        Whilst not a true Martini, as the drink doesn't contain any gin or vermouth, it's served in traditional martini glasses - hence the name.


        The Espresso Martini is a mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso. This rich and creamy texture, with the additional shot of espresso, will keep your guests coming back for more. The drink itself has a balance of sweetness and richness from the coffee, with a twist of vodka that is too hard to resist. The best way to brighten up an evening and as a great New Years drink, try making one for yourself with this method. If an Irish Coffee is a favourite of yours, you’re guaranteed to love this. 

        How To Make an Espresso Martini  

        espresso martini


        • 50ml Vodka 

        • 35ml Coffee Liqueur

        • 1 shot of espresso 

        • Ice 

        • Coffee beans to garnish

        • (Martini Glasses)


        1. Brew your preferred coffee and allow it to cool. If you attempt to create an Espresso Martini with hot, or even warm Espresso, it will melt the ice and ruin the drink. 

        2. Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur and (cold) espresso into a cocktail shaker. Fill the martini glass with ice to chill the glass and fill the cocktail shaker with ice as well.

        3. Close up the cocktail shaker and lock it.  Shake firmly, making sure you’re smashing the ice up whilst chilling the liquid down, this ensures a frothy top. 

        4. Once shaken, open the shaker back up. Empty the ice out of the martini glass and place a strainer over the top of the shaker to then pour the cocktail contents through the sieve directly into the glass. 

        5. Add garnishes such as coffee beans and repeat if you enjoy it!

        New Years

        These Espresso Martinis are sure to dazzle your coffee loving guests this New Years. If you follow our recipe, share your results with us on social media @nationwidecoffee. 

        Happy New Year!