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A Mixologists guide to the perfect Espresso Martini

A Mixologists guide to the perfect Espresso Martini

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Originally called the ‘Vodka Espresso’, this short cocktail became popular in the 80’s. The first espresso Martini was believed to have been created by a barman in London named Dick Brasdel. Rumour has it, a famous model walked into his bar and asked him to serve up a drink that would ‘wake him up'. 

Italians have been combining coffee and alcohol for a very long time. In the second half of the 20th century, a dash of spirit was added to their signature espresso and crowned the ‘caffè corretto’.

This tipple is enjoyed all over the country, but each region adds its own twist.

In the North, brandy is a popular addition. It's often consumed by farmers and workers in the early morning to warm (and wake!) them up.

In central and south-central Italy, anisette-flavoured caffè corretto often follows a meal and is served for its digestive purposes. 

Caffè corretto is less popular in Italy these days, people rarely order it anymore. However, boozy espresso drinks are not completely off the menu! Make room for the Espresso Martini...

How to make an Italian Espresso Martini

You will need: 

  • 50ml vodka 

  • 30ml freshly brewed espresso

  • 20ml coffee liqueur (we recommend kahlua)

  • 3 coffee beans to garnish

Method:

  • Add your components into a cocktail shaker

  • Shake vigorously

  • Double strain into a chilled martini glass

  • Garnish with 3 coffee beans. In Italy, this represents health, wealth and happiness

What is the difference between a good Espresso Martini and a great one?

The simple answer is great quality ingredients. 

And this classic cocktail only requires a few of them. A balanced mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and freshly brewed espresso should do the trick. 

We make ours by infusing the drink with our very own Vesuvio coffee blend. This classic ‘Caffe Napoletano’ style coffee, a blend of Arabica and Robusta, delivers a bold taste and creamy texture. Hints of caramel and dark hazelnut cream create the perfect balance of sweet and bitter hints.

Using our own coffee blend gives our Espresso Martinis a unique taste that we’re sure you’ll love! 

An Espresso Martini is a great choice of drink if you want something that is going to keep you awake for longer. It also makes the perfect end-of-dinner drink if you’re too full for dessert. 

Cocktails at Scarpetta

If this sounds like something you’d like to try, but don’t want the hassle of mixing it up yourself, we’ve got you covered.

Shop our Vesuvio Espresso Martini now. You’ll receive two servings of our classic digestif - perfect for feeling energised after an indulgent bowl of pasta.

It also complements our Nutella Gnocchi extremely well if you’re really looking to treat yourself to an Italian feast. 

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