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The Many Guises of the Espresso Martini

Waaaaay before a Vodka Red Bull sullied anyone’s lips, there was a cocktail in town that was the answer to flagging spirits at a party – and it was a whole lot sexier, too. Since Dick’s creation was born back in 1983, it has grown more popular than ever and you can get an Espresso Martini at a bar the world over.


This week, our busy Bea whipped up some Espresso Martinis live on air at Soho Radio to celebrate their first birthday party – as cocktail created in Soho for Soho, it was a more than apt celebratory tipple for them. And, after all of the tasty grub they consumed during their foodie special show, this will have been the perfect cocktail to perk everyone up, ready for the party ahead! (The party did go on until the early hours in the Pink Chihuahua, of which Bea and her Espresso Martinis take no responsibility for…)

The Espresso Martini was concocted for a 1980s vodka-swilling audience and was even originally called the Vodka Espresso, and later, as molecular gastronomy glinted on the horizon in the late 90s, Dick renamed it the Pharmaceutical Stimulant for the Pharmacy bar in Notting Hill.


Nowadays you can find loads of intriguing variations, including the Espresso Daiquiri, made with white rum instead of vodka, the Irish Espresso’tini, with Irish cream liqueur and vanilla vodka, and the Flying Frenchman, a fabulously head-spinning absinthe espresso martini. We also like the sound of the tequila-based Jalisco Espresso. After all, what is mixology if not for experimentation? (And a fair, fair bit of sampling in the process…!)

Happy Birthday Soho Radio!

This week our favourite radio station, Soho Radio, are celebrating their first birthday!! And we are delighted to be celebrating with them!

Over five days, Soho Radio are running a series of special shows, and yesterday saw their foodie special go out live on air: William Sitwell’s Biting Talk Vs Aldo Zilli’s After Service.

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The show featured a bevy of Soho’s finest foodie establishments, including Cinnamon Soho, House of Ho, Rosa’s Thai Cafe, Firezza Pizza, Blacklock, Cerviche Soho and many, many more! And, of course, El Camion were there to supply the cocktails!

Our very own Bea Bradsell took over the mic to describe live on air how we make our famous vodka-laced caffeine hit, the Espresso Martini (the secret’s out!), and then proceeded to whip up a couple for the party, followed by a few Galvanina cocktail specials!

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If you missed it, here’s the Espresso Martini recipe she revealed on air:

25ml Fresh Espresso (the stronger the better!)

15ml Kahlúa

10ml Tia Maria

50ml vodka

Shake and pour into two lovely and chilled martini glasses, et voilà!

If you’ve got Periscope, you can watch Bea live here:

Melt Room toasties were exactly the munch that was required after quaffing a few martinis, and everyone’s collective sweet tooth was satisfied with delicious gelato from Snowflake.

What a way to get the party going than to get Soho’s greatest foodies and drinkies all in one room together! And, of course, where do you think the after-party was? The Pink Chihuahua called and Soho listened…

Follow the rest of Soho Radio’s birthday antics on their Twitter page @sohoradio