This drink has gone by a few different names over the years, such as the “Vodka Espresso” and our favourite the “Pharmaceutical Stimulant”. Especially because both names refrain from using the word ‘Martini’ in a drink that has nothing to do with stirring Gin and Vermouth together AKA, a Martini.
To be clear, there is no blame here, anyone, including us, writing recipes and serving them in what is commonly, but incorrectly known as a “Martini” glass through the 90s and early 00s, called those recipes ‘Martinis’ or ‘…Tinis’. Such as the Appletini, Chocolatetini etc etc…you get the gist. To be clear, these recipes are NOT Martinis, and the only thing connecting them to an actual Martini is the use of the V-Shaped Cocktail Glass, known by slang as a Martini Glass.
Lets be honest though, the Espresso Martini will forever be called the Espresso Martini, it’s famous all over the world, and it’s delicious. We just want you to be aware that the word Martini can still cause plenty of confusion, but not for you now.
When it comes to making Espresso Martinis you can, as with most classics, get creative. Vodka can be switched out for most base spirits and the drink still works great, even Gin and coffee go well together, try our Coffee G & T. Alternatively, switch out the Coffee Liqueur for a nut or cocoa flavoured Liqueur.
However you enjoy yours, raise a glass to Dick and his timeless formula. When you do so, just remember that they really can “wake you up and f*ck you up”, so proceed with caution!
Vodka's to make an Espresso Martini
The classic Coffee Liqueur for this recipe is Kahlua, but today there are also many others to choose from. Feel free to switch it up if you aren’t overly constrained by tradition.
Vodkas to make an Espresso Martini
Freshly made is great, but if you’re entertaining and are planning to make a few drinks we recommend making your coffee ahead of time, bottle and keep in the fridge. Hot or cold espresso? Don’t tell anyone we told you, but it really doesn’t matter.