It’s no secret that my favourite cocktail is the Espresso Martini.
A sumptuous mix of Grey Goose vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso, it’s a rich and indulgent cocktail and that shot of espresso will ensure you are on top form all evening long. Who’d have thought coffee and vodka would go so well together?!
The cocktail was invented in the 1980s, when British bartender Dick Bradsell originally created a ‘Vodka Espresso’ cocktail at Fred’s Club in London when a young model asked for something to ‘wake me up and f**k me up’ – and the rest was a combination of vodka, fresh espresso, coffee liqueur and sugar, shaken into a frothy cocktail.
Not only is the Espresso Martini my go-to cocktail when I’m out at a bar or restaurant with friends, but thanks to the simplicity of the cocktail which can be made with just three ingredients, it’s one that I find myself creating at home too; and for someone who’s usually in bed for 10pm, it’s perfect to keep me going ahead of a night out with friends – so I’ll often prepare one for myself and friends while we get ready. Here’s how to create your own Espresso Martini at home:
1 and a half shots of vodka in a cocktail shaker.
I always use Grey Goose; the worlds best tasting vodka!
2 shots of fine quality espresso
Usually I’ll use 2 Nespresso capsules, i’ll prepare this a few minutes before making the Espresso Martini – so they have chance to cool.
1 shot of premium coffee liqueur
This adds to the coffee taste, but you can replace this with sugar syrup if you prefer.
Add some ice to your martini glasses to chill them first, and shake it up to create a smooth and creamy finish!
What makes Grey Goose the perfect vodka for an Espresso Martini?
Grey Goose is known as the world’s best tasting vodka, and it’s soft, clean taste begins with fine winter wheat grown in the Picardy region of France. The wheat is sent to a mill and distillery where it’s transformed into a high-proof spirit. Then, the spirit is precisely blended with spring water, and naturally filtered through limestone giving it the crisp, excellent taste.
I was fortunate enough to meet the legendary François Thibault; the Cognac Maître de Chai last summer at Le Logis – he applied his spirit making skills to create the vodka after learning his skills from his father; a wine grower, as he worked for cognac distilleries in the Cognac region. Thibault was determined to make a vodka more luxurious and extraordinary than any that existed, and after years of mastering the recipe; the legendary Grey Goose vodka was born.
It’s not only the Espresso Martini that works perfectly with Grey Goose, discover even more cocktail ideas on the Grey Goose website here.
What’s your favourite cocktail?