If you’re looking for a pick-me-up post-dinner, the Espresso Martini is a good choice to you awake with its boozy magical powers.

The cold coffee-flavored cocktail mixes vodka with espresso coffee, coffee liqueur (usually Kahlúa) and simple syrup. Garnish with a few coffee beans if desired.

British bartender Dick Bradsell invented this drink, in London in the late ’80s. Legend has it that Kate Moss asked for a drink that would “wake me up and then mess me up” at the same time, and the Espresso Martini was the result


2 oz. vodka

1/2 oz. simple syrup

1/2 oz coffee liquor

1 oz. fresh espresso 

  • Add all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.
  • Fine-strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with 3 coffee beans.

You could try this with cold brew too. Check out the best method for making amazing large batch cold brewHERE.

This simple cold brewer is not very expensive and lasts for many years.

You can get a very inexpensive espresso machine on Amazon to make your own at home. Some good choices are the DeLonghi or the Breville. Or you can go the very cheap route and get a stovetop espresso maker. They make “espresso like” coffee, but they could do the trick for a cocktail like this.




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