The Espresso Martini is perfection in a glass and a great Friday night pick-me-up before a night out. It’s a heady mix of brewed espresso, coffee liqueur, vodka and simple syrup. Put it all together in a glass and shake and you’ll be up and dancing in no time.
This popular cocktail is a relative newcomer to the cocktail scene. In a 2021 The Guardian newspaper report, the story goes that it was created in 1983 by bartender Dick Bradsell at London’s Soho Brasserie. The story goes that a customer wanted a drink that would f#*k her up. As vodka was the spirit of the day and he was near an espresso machine … it seemed like the perfect combination. Vodka, sugar and caffeine. Not such a bad combo.
The cocktail went out of fashion for quite a long time, but has since made a resurgence. I, for one, am glad it did. It’s a heady weekend starter. One is enough for me though as it’s potent!
Other cocktails to try
The girls’ night out wouldn’t be complete without a wonderful Cosmopolitan! Vodka, Cointreau and cranberry and lime. It’s both refreshing and loads of fun.
The Pina Colada is another classic cocktail that’s a bit out of fashion, but a lovely summery refresher. Spiked with pineapple, coconut and rum, who can go wrong?