4 Espresso Martini Recipes With A Twist

4 Espresso Martini Recipes With A Twist


In the early 80s, a supermodel asked legendary London bartender Dick Bradsell for a drink that would “wake her up and mess her up”. So he invented the espresso martini. His creation has stood the test of time and now makes a fine post-dinner digestif. But how do you make a really good one for your guests? We asked four master mixologists for their take on this modern classic – each one suits a slightly different palate…


Get experimental with your serve wear and don’t feel like you have to drink from a traditional martini glass if you don’t have one to hand. A tea cup is just as fun and works just as well. To really step up your flavours, cold brew your coffee the day before. Mix one part water with eight parts coffee (our favourite is London’s Flying Horse Coffee). Leave this water and coffee mix in a sterilised, airtight jar in the fridge for 24 hours. It makes for a sweeter smoother brew. You’ll thank us later.

  • 25ml of Zubrowka vodka
  • 35ml of Tia Maria
  • 35ml of fresh coffee
  • 6 or 7 large ice cubes
  • Coffee beans, to garnish
  • Boston cocktail shaker or a sports bottle or a large jam jar – or even Tupperware works because you can use the lid to strain out the ice
  • A glass or cup

Chill your glass in the fridge for 10-15 minutes beforehand to ensure an ice-cold serving vessel. Combine the vodka, Tia Maria and fresh coffee in your chosen cocktail shaker, with as many ice cubes as you can fit. Shake for about 30 seconds. It’s important to do this with style – it makes it taste better! Strain and pour into your chilled glass to serve. Garnish with three coffee beans.


This chocolate and chilli cocktail was created to be made at home. Keep the ends of fresh chillies not used in cooking or ones that are turning and you would normally throw in the bin. Leave them in ground coffee powder for a minimum of two or three days to infuse, then go about making coffee as you normally would in a cafetiere. Choose a good bitter-tasting dark chocolate and grate over the glass at the end to garnish for an extra hit of flavour.

  • 35ml of Ketel One vodka
  • 35ml of French press/cafetiere-infused coffee
  • 25ml of Mr Black Cold Brew coffee liqueur
  • 2 ice cubes
  • Dark chocolate flakes, grated for garnish
  • Cafetiere
  • Jam jar with a lid
  • Standard kitchen sieve

Take your infused coffee powder and make a cafetiere of coffee. Leave to cool completely, otherwise the warm coffee will dilute your cocktail. Combine all ingredients in a jam jar with the ice. Shake well and strain using the sieve or the lid of the jam jar. Serve it in any glass you like – a tumbler works just as well as a stemmed glass. Garnish with grated chocolate.

“An espresso martini is the perfect cocktail for this time of year with festivities and parties galore.”


This is a wintery cocktail with woody notes thanks to the rum addition. Expect a hit of warmth from the Monkey Shoulder and a final sweet note from the chocolate. This is a palate-tingling drink best served at a dinner party with friends. When choosing your coffee, make sure to choose one with balanced flavours or one with chocolate notes – Lavazza is a great brand for this.

  • 20ml of Wood’s rum
  • 20ml of Monkey Shoulder whisky
  • 20ml of Tia Maria
  • 30ml of Lavazza Espresso coffee
  • 15ml of chocolate syrup
  • A couple of cubes of dark organic chocolate, grated for garnish
  • Ice
  • Cocktail shaker or sports bottle
  • Martini glass or long-stemmed champagne flute

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker or sports bottle. Make sure your chosen mixing vessel is full of ice. Shake the ingredients very hard for about 12 seconds – this is what creates the perfect foam of the cocktail. Strain and serve. Grate some dark chocolate on top as a garnish.


A simple and delicious twist on an espresso martini: elegant, full of flavour, and wows as an accompaniment to dessert. The choice of vodka here is key. Kavka is made using a blend of rye and wheat spirits to which small amounts of aged apple and plum spirits are added. The resulting liquid bucks the trend of multi-filtered, neutral-tasting vodka in favour of celebrating flavour and true character.

  • 30ml of Kavka vodka
  • 30ml of Soplica hazelnut vodka
  • 30ml of Maestro Café liqueur
  • 10ml of vanilla syrup
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Hazelnut spread
  • Ice
  • Nick & Nora glass
  • Strainer or colander
  • Cocktail shaker

Combine all ingredients together. Shake together over ice. Paint the inside of a glass with a stroke of chocolate hazelnut spread. Strain the drink into the painted glass. Enjoy!

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