How did coffee end up in my cocktail?

Coffee has been around as far back as the fifteenth century, but made its way over to Brazil in 1727 where it played a pivotal role in the history of the country. Today it’s said that Brazilians drink an outstanding 82 litres per person, per year. But how did coffee end up in our cocktails?

The renowned and much loved Espresso Martini originated in London and was created by cocktail guru Dick Bradsel in 1984 when a famous model requested a cocktail that would wake her up. A relatively short and simple story when compared to other cocktails, such as the vast history of the Bloody Mary. With that request Bradsel took coffee and vodka and created what would become one of the world’s most loved cocktails – impressive, right?  

Since the creation of the Espresso Martini bartenders across the world have tried their hand at creating their own, adding personal touches along the way. However, here at Ketel One Vodka we have concentrated on staying true to the original flavours … simplicity is an art.

Why not have a go at creating our Ketel One Vodka coffee cocktail in celebration of National Brazilian Coffee Day on 14th April. Here’s what you need:

Espresso Martini

  • 50ml Ketel One Vodka
  • 45ml Espresso Coffee
  • 15ml Sugar Syrup
  • 5ml Coffee liqueur

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Glass: Collins
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: 3 coffee beans

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