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The Best Ever Espresso Martini Recipe, Because You Deserve It

Quarantinis, anyone?

During quarantine, you need three things in your arsenal: caffeine, alcohol and easy-to-follow recipes on how to make the most out of both. 

Espresso martinis combine two great things in life: strong coffee and alcohol.

It was invented by bartender Dick Bradsell in the late 1980s. Unlike other popular cocktails which were mixed for months and months before finding their flavour, Bradsell whipped up an espresso martini on the spot using old grounds from a coffee machine for a model, long rumoured to be Naomi Campbell or Kate Moss, who entered his bar and asked for a drink that would “wake me up, then f*ck me up.” True story. 

Made with a short shot of freshly brewed espresso, it also requires vodka and Kahlua, and of course plenty of ice. Some people also add sugar syrup to sweeten it up. 

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But despite it's popularity, it still remains a cocktail best left to the professionals...until now that is. We reached out to Mary Donnelly, Bar Manager at The Hardiman Galway and asked her to let us in on their espresso martini recipe. 

And oh, did she deliver. 



  • 50ml Fonte Espresso Coffee
  • 50ml Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 50ml Kahlua
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 50ml cold water
  • 100g white sugar
  • 100g crushed chocolate chips
  • 1 wedge of lemon


1. Start by making the sugar syrup. Put the caster sugar in a small pan over medium heat and pour in 50ml water. Stir, and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool.

2. Wipe the rim of a chilled, oversized martini glass with a lemon wedge. Pour white sugar and crushed chocolate chips into a saucer and mix well. Dip glass rim in mixture and roll to thoroughly coat rim. 

3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

4. Once the sugar syrup is cold, pour 1 tbsp into the cocktail shaker and add the Kahlua, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Fonte espresso coffee.

5. Shake the ingredients hard for at least 10 seconds to create a nice foam.

6. Strain into a martini cocktail glass to get rid of all the small ice chips. Sit back and enjoy!

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