The Espresso Martini comes from bartender Dick Bradsell, who said that one night, a young, now-famous model walked up to the bar and asked for something to “wake me up and f**k me up”. He combined vodka, espresso, coffee liqueur and sugar, and poured it into a martini glass.

Espresso Martini

  • 1 oz. Mr. Black Coffee liqueur

  • 1 oz. Creme de Cacao

  • 1 oz. Vodka

  • 1-1/2 oz. Cold-brew Espresso

  • 1/2 oz. Demerara syrup

  • Optional: 1/4 oz. Frangelico

An Espresso Martini with three coffee beans floating on top
An Espresso Martini with three coffee beans floating on top

Espresso Martini



Add all ingredients to a shaker tin. Also express oils from a lemon peel - trust me! Add a large cube and shake for 10-15 seconds. Double strain into a chilled Martini or coupe glass. Garnish with 3 coffee beans*

An Espresso Martini

Why 3 beans??? This is the cocktail’s trademark and is said to represent health, wealth and happiness. Extra luck if you chew all three of them!

And the famous model??? Many claim it was Kate Moss, but she would have been too young at the time. Others say it was Naomi Campbell, which is more plausible!


If you try this cocktail, please click the link and let me know if you enjoyed it, or if you would do anything differently.

Remember, there is no single right way to make a cocktail. Feel free to experiment and adjust my recipes to your own taste and liking. The key is to have fun while doing it. Cheers!

Scott Gardner, shaking a mean cocktail, and looking good!
Scott Gardner, shaking a mean cocktail, and looking good!

Hi, I'm Scott Gardner, your mindful mixologist. While I am not a professional bartender, I have made well over two hundred different and unique cocktails, and invented over fifteen original drinks, including my famous European Vacation, Muzetta's Waltz, and The Cherry Bella, all of which can be found in my book, Lock it, Flip it, Kick it & Shake!

Besides shaking, stirring, and sipping, I also enjoy golfing, reading, and writing. My wife and I both love animals and we have recently gotten into birding, which is a fun and rewarding hobby. And our favorite birds... The Philadelphia Eagles, of course! Go Birds!

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