Espresso Martini

Dick Bradsell, Soho Brasserie | London

The cocktail originally served at the Soho Brasserie on Old Compton Street was an off-menu special Dick Bradsell bestowed on favored friends and colleagues. There was no coffee liqueur in the drink at the time; only, as the original name—Vodka Espresso—would indicate, shots of vodka and espresso, tied together by a little simple syrup. The mixture was served on the rocks and topped with the now-iconic garnish of three espresso beans.

By the end of the 1990s, it was more commonly served in a coupe and traveled under a new name: Espresso Martini.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce fresh espresso
  • 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup

Garnish: three coffee beans

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a coupe.
  4. Garnish with three coffee beans.

Tagged: modern classic