The Espresso Martini was created in 1983 by the “cocktail king” and father of modern bartending, Dick Bradsell. During his time at the Soho Brasserie in London he created this cold caffeinated alcoholic beverage. It is a lethal combination of vodka, espresso, and coffee liqueur. The story behind its inception is that a customer, supposedly a top-model, asked him for something to “wake her up, and fuck her up.”
It is both a coffee and dessert cocktail commonly enjoyed as an after dinner digestif. The Espresso Martini belongs to a newer group of cocktails that include martini or its suffix “-tini” in the name. These drink share little in common with the original but are named so for the cocktail glass they are served in and that they generally contain vodka.
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