04 Aug Australia: The Espresso Martini Caffeination

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Australians have an unwavering love affair with coffee that almost rivals their devotion to alcohol, so it is hardly surprising that the Espresso Martini or Coffeetini, as it is sometimes referred to, has become the kingpin on cocktail lists across the country. Forget the Cosmo, the Negroni or the Bellini, we are all about this delicious boozy caffeine hit.

Our late night drinking habits, coupled with our entrenched café culture has seen the rise and rise of this loaded bittersweet tipple. As a nation that embraces a drinking culture and celebrates quality coffee, we have found a match made in heaven.

The first Espresso Martini is said to have originated in London at Fred’s Club by legendary bartender Dick Bradsell in the 80’s. Supposedly, a world famous model approached Bradsell at the bar and requested a drink that would “wake me up, and then f*ck me up”. He delivered. The “Pharmaceutical Stimulant”, otherwise known as the “Vodka Espresso” and later the “Espresso Martini” was born.

This month, Sydney will open its first bar dedicated to the Espresso Martini. Tuxedo will offer six variations of the cocktail including a chocolate creation and a cold drip version. They are also said to be collaborating with a local brewery to design a beer-based Espresso Martini that will be available in the near future.

To get your local fix, our partners in great coffee, The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co in Byron Bay are creating $12 Espresso Martini’s every evening after 9.30pm. Drop in for a nightcap.

Taking full advantage of our unwavering penchant for the cocktail and all things espresso, spirit label Mr Black has launched a ballot to buy one of 289 limited bottles of what they are calling coffee liqueur made from the most expensive coffee beans in the world. It comes with a whopping price tag of $185 a bottle.

While ever this beverage continues to ride a wave of popularity you will find the Espresso Martini on most menus of late night bars, cafes and restaurants. Recipes and ingredients vary greatly. You’ll come across concoctions using liquid nitrogen, rum, crème de cacao, thickened cream or coffee liqueur. At Byron Bay Coffee Company we believe in keeping it simple, classic and absolutely delicious. Our Master Roaster and Espressionado Franco Ivancich swears by his tried and true recipe using superior quality beans and attention to detail.

Here’s Franco’s recipe, but it must come with a warning: you may not be able to stop at one!

Franco’s Fabulous Espresso Martini

1/2 cup of freshly brewed Byron Bay Coffee Company espresso
90 ml of Tia Maria or Kahlua
60 ml of Vodka
Ice cubes

Byron Bay Coffee Company coffee beans

Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker
Shake to combine
Strain and divide the mixture between chilled serving glasses
Decorate with a couple of coffee beans

Make sure your martini glasses are chilled
Use freshly brewed quality Byron Bay Coffee Company espresso
Cool the espresso
Add your ice at the very end when mixing to avoid melting and diluting your cocktail


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