• Dan Bowes

Espresso Martini #SayNoToShiteCocktails

“An espresso martini please” all excited for a smooth coffee delight with a thick foam and coffee beans sitting on top. To be delighted with this glass of dirty friggin dish water!

Absolutely fuming I was, so this #SayNoToShite Cocktails is all about the Espresso Martini. Just look at it!

Have you seen it man - It's got god damn Ice cubes in it!

The Espresso Martini is supposed to be a sumptuous mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso. It’s rich, indulgent and creamy, and the shot of espresso will make sure you keep up with the pack if you find yourself flagging on a night out around the town.

This cocktail creation goes to British bartending guru Dick Bradsell. He is credited with revolutionizing the cocktail scene in London in the 1980s and the invention of modern classics like the Bramble.

So the tale goes Bradsell created the drink at Fred’s Club in the late 1980s, when a young model, sidled up to the bar and asked for something to “wake me up and fuck me up”. His solution was a combination of vodka, fresh espresso, coffee liqueur and sugar, shaken into a frothy mix of bittersweet addiction!

So why do a lot of places get this drink so wrong… well it is down to a number of things one being the staff are useless at shaking, the vodka they use its shite and the same with the espresso.

So Shaking - you'll know if your drink is gonna taste creamy and lush through the way the bartender shakes a drink - now it doesn't have to be a fancy shake just a good, hard, long shake (say that in the M&S advert voice) adding air into the drink creating that lush thick foam across the top of the drink.

Vodka - well obviously using shite vodka will not add anything to the drink but an awful taste so definitely they should be using a more premium vodka, especially if they are charging a premium price. I like using a vanilla vodka in my Espresso Martinis as it adds a little extra to the flavour profiles.

And the espresso - this is a toughy as everyone likes different coffee, so really it should be a decent coffee bean and definitely not instant granules! No No No!

So how’s it made? The Mr Mix way is;

25ml Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

25ml Vanilla Vodka

25ml V Gallery Coffee Vodka Liqueur

50ml Fresh Espresso

Dash of Gomme (Optional, I love a sweet drink so that’s why I add it)

It needs a good hard shake in a shaker with plenty of ice and then double strained into a glass of choice (yes it doesn’t have to be in a Martini glass!)

So there you have it the Espresso Martini.... Check out some bloody horrible examples of a shite Espresso and then one by me and one by The Old Court House Bar and Kitchen in Consett who I have been working with recently!

If you are a venue or you know of a venue that is making #ShiteCocktails then send them my way and lets #SayNoToShiteCocktails


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