Ketel One Vodka

Espresso Martini

Ketel One Classic Espresso Martini

In cocktail terms, the Espresso Martini has a relatively short history with the drink believed to have been first created in the early eighties by London bartender Dick Bradsel. According to Dick, a famous model entered the Soho Brasserie where he was working, and asked him to create a drink that would “wake me up”. As there was a coffee machine next to where Dick was serving drinks, he decided to combine the coffee with vodka. Naming it the Vodka Espresso, the original recipe featured vodka, sugar syrup, two types of coffee liqueur and freshly made espresso.

At the time, any cocktail served in a V-shaped glass was known as a martini, so Dick later renamed his drink the Espresso Martini. In 1998, Dick was working at the Pharmacy Bar in Notting Hill so renamed the drink once more to the Pharmaceutical Stimulant. The drink is now known by these three names around the world, with slight variations on the ingredients.


  • 50ml Ketel One Vodka
  • 45ml espresso coffee
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • 5ml Kahlua coffee liqueur


  1. Shake all ingredients with ice
  2. Fine strain into chilled cocktail glass
  3. Garnish with 3 coffee beans, but remember there are also more unusual garnishes that have been used in the cocktail, including:
  • Chocolate covered bacon
  • Coconut
  • Cherry

Alcohol Content : 16.85 grams


Distilled in a copper ketel for the smoothest possible finish