Espresso MartiNo

After cocktails, coffee is easily the next-most consumed drink around these parts, and because of that, we've always had a soft spot in our hearts for a well-made Espresso Martini. 

Created in 1983 by bartender Dick Bradsell at the Soho Brasserie in London, it was originally referred to as the “Vodka Espresso”, and legend has it that a young lady found their way to the bar where Dick was working and asked for a cocktail that would "Wake me up, and then fuck me up". Happy to oblige, Dick mixed her a drink using vodka, sugar, coffee liqueur and a shot of espresso, pulled from the machine behind his bar station.

The drink eventually was renamed the "Espresso Martini" and is still known by this name to this day. It's tough to improve on the original recipe, but it's base serves as a great template for cocktails both with and without the alcohol -- Our Espresso MartiNo cocktail is no exception to this, eschewing Vodka and Coffee liqueur in favour of some 0% alternatives. Whether you're abstaining from alcohol completely, or just looking for a way to dress up your mid day cup of joe, this cocktail has just what you need.

As the base of our cocktail, Seedlip Spice 94 provides a solid backbone of aromatic allspice, cardamom and oak which we complement with cold brew coffee concentrate and sweeten with a simple sugar syrup. 

Care to get more creative? There are so many options with this drink! Try adding some of the following to personalize your cocktail:

  • Bitters: Aromatic or Chocolate
  • Sugar Syrup: We love switching out the sugar syrup with our own homemade coffee syrup, made with cold brew coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar. Delicious!

What would you add to this drink to make it your own?

Espresso MartiNo Recipe



50mL Seedlip Spice 94
50mL Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
15mL Sugar Syrup
  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Cap shaker, and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds, or until tin frosts.
  3. Strain cocktail into a pre-chilled cocktail coupe or martini-style cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with 3 coffee beans, floated on foam on surface of drink. 


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