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Three Espresso Martini Recipes for Every Home Bartender

The history of the infamous cocktail that graces our Instagram feeds every Friday and Saturday night is fairly interesting. It all started back in the 80s, in Soho, London. The legend goes that a lady entered the bar where legendary barman, Dick Bradsell, was working his shift and asked him to make her a drink that would “wake me up and then f*ck me up”. He saw a coffee machine next to him and thought to combine an espresso with alcohol, and the Espresso Martini was born. And ever since the Espresso Martini has been the catalyst to crazy office parties, the good, the bad and the ugly tinder dates, and nights out with the girls.

We know that everyone loves an Espresso Martini, but not everyone can execute it the same. So we have put together three recipes that caters to the Lazy Bartender, Bartender in Training and Career Craft Bartender.

Lazy Bartender – The Pre-Mix Martini

This ‘recipe’ is for those who don’t make it, they just drink it.

Ingredients

Tools

Method

This really is your no frills, no fuss Espresso Martini Cocktail at home. There are a few pre-mixes out there, but the Lexington Hill cocktails use the finest Melbourne-roasted cold drip coffee, quadruple distilled grain vodka, Continental Crème De Cacao & sugar syrup that makes it as close to the in bar experience as possible.

Step 1:

Pour half the bottle evenly into two martini glasses.

Step 2:

Reseal & shake. No, shake HARDER until entire liquid is a latte crema colour.

Steph 3:

Pour remaining liquid evenly, topping both glasses with crema (foam).

Bartender in Training - The Classic Espresso Martini

This is for the bartender that has all the basics down. They know all the classics and have the same basic tools at their disposal as those who drank their way through lockdown.

Ingredients

  • 30ml Kahlua
  • 30ml Vodka
  • 30ml Espresso
  • Coffee Beans to Garnish

Tools:

Method

An espresso martini is simple to make, so any cocktail novice can perfect this one. This recipe is what you order at the bar around the world. You can play with different liquors for different flavours, but sometimes you cannot beat the original.

Step 1:

Pour all your liquid ingredients into your cocktail shaker with two or three ice cubes. Make sure these are straight out of the freezer to avoid a watery martini (no one wants that).

Step 2:

Put the lid on the cocktail shakers, tap the top to lock it into place. No spillage here!

Step 3:

Shake!

Step 4:

Tap the top of your cocktail shaker again to break the vacuum and pour. For the super classic, creamy froth, be sure to use a super fine sieve.

Step 5:

Garnish with your coffee beans. À La Tienne!

Craft Bartender – Tiramisu Espresso Martini

This rendition of an Espresso Martini is really a level up! This is for those cocktail connoisseurs who want to wow the crowd with a perfectly crafted cocktail. The recipe is by Matteo Belkeziz of Sydney Cocktail Bar, Bar Machiavelli.

Ingredients:

  • 30ml Avion espresso tequila
  • 20ml Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 30ml espresso coffee
  • 10ml Baileys irish cream liqueur
  • Cream float

Tools:

Method:

Pro Tip: put your Paris Martini glass in the fridge before serving

Step 1:

Shake tequila, Kahlua and chilled espresso, and gently strain into a chilled martini glass.

Step 2:

Using a bar spoon, slowly pour the baileys into the glass, which will create a layer at the bottom of the martini.

Step 3:

From a squeegee bottle, pour over a little cream on top (to float the cream) and garnish with coffee beans. Drink and enjoy.