There are few things I enjoy in my everyday life more than my morning pour over, my second cortado, and an evening cocktail or three. It always seemed odd that I never really took a shine to the Espresso Martini, which combines the two things I love, coffee & cocktails. Perhaps it’s that I don’t usually drink vodka-based cocktails, or maybe I’m just a purist.

Originally created by Dick Bradshaw in the 80s for a customer who was looking for a drink that would wake him up, the recipe fell out of fashion for about a decade and is starting to make its way back onto the lists of some superb cocktail bars. So for this weeks cocktail hour feature, I thought I should at least try to enter it into my rotation, even if only at brunch.

I’ve given the recipe a little bit of an update to make it more caffeinated, since my first drink of the day is a pour-over generally made with coffee from Ezra’s Pound. While I’ve omitted espresso from the mix of this cocktail, the addition of Station Cold Brew actually makes this cocktail more caffeinated than its dated predecessor.

1 oz Coffee Liqueur
1 oz Station Cold Brew Coffee
2 oz Vodka
3 Coffee Beans

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with large chunked ice and shake until well chilled, about 15-20 seconds will help create a nice frothy mix. Double strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with three coffee beans.

Espresso Martini