Espresso Martini recipe
To make an Espresso Martini, you’ll need the following equipment:
- A shaker with a strainer
- A Martini glass
Unlike other martinis, this drink is always served shaken, and therefore you need a shaker and not a mixing glass.
This coffee martini contains vodka, coffee liqueur, and chilled espresso. As with any vodka martini, the vodka you choose will affect the overall quality of the drink. However the vodka taste will be subtle in this cocktail due to the intensity of the coffee flavour. As per the coffee liqueur, you have the existing well known coffee liqueur brands, often with a rather sweet palette and all made of only Arabica beans. Instead, using an espresso liqueur, will give this classic cocktail the desired richness with a deeper and more intense flavor.
Like a well-made espresso compared to a regular coffee, our Galliano Espresso liqueur has a more pronounced flavor, because we use two types of dark roasted coffee beans. Coffee beans used for an espresso often are roasted for a longer period than beans used for regular coffee. This results in a heavier, fuller flavor palate. Galliano Espresso is the perfect brew of two strong coffee beans. Following the top barista, a good cup of espresso is made with the best quality of Arabica and/or Robusta beans, both present in Galliano Espresso; 55% creamy, chocolate Arabica beans from Colombia and Brazil and 45% strong Robusta beans from India and Kenya. Therefore to truly master your cocktail we would recommend Galliano Espresso liqueur, for those in love with coffee.
In 1983 this famous cocktail was created by Dick Bradsell at the Soho Brasserie in London. The story goes that a young supermodel asked for a drink to ‘wake me up and f*ck me up’. That is how the Espresso Martini recipe, consisting of vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso was born. Quickly the word spread and it became an icon. To this day it remains the most popular coffee cocktail and a staple of after-dinner ritual worldwide.
Traditionally, the cocktail is served with three coffee beans as garnish. The beans must be spread out in a fan to represent the look of several flower petals. The beans represent health, happiness, and prosperity.
Officially speaking an Espresso Martini is not like a true Martini, because it does not contain any gin or vermouth. But, because this caffeinated cocktail is served in a Martini glass, it has become just as iconic as the regular one. This twist on a regular Martini is a coffee lover’s dream cocktail.