Vodka Espresso

vodka espresso martiniFirst mixed in the 1980s by London bartender Dick Bradsell, the Vodka Espresso (aka Espresso Martini) has a simplicity of preparation and an uncomplicated (but always appealing) flavor that make the drink a wild-card favorite for a contemporary classic. The drink’s quality has sometimes suffered from sloppy preparation or poorly chosen ingredients; here’s the basic recipe, which is always worth revisiting, especially when equipped with good-quality espresso and a decent coffee liqueur.

2 oz. vodka
1 oz. espresso
1/2 oz. coffee liqueur
1/4 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: 3 coffee beans

Combine ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well until chilled and foamy; strain into chilled glass. Garnish.