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There’s something you should know about me; in case we haven’t met before, if you haven’t read my blog or followed my Twitter/Instagram, I’m going to tell you something: I like cocktails. Perhaps more now than before I had kids because these days cocktail hour is such a very special time. It’s oh so easy to slug a bit of wine into a glass when you’re sitting down to watch Breaking Bad in the evening but the times you get to enjoy half an hour with a good dirty martini, now they are rare.
I used to be partial to a good Cosmopolitan (Sex and the City were accountable for a lot of vodka headaches during my early twenties) before I switched allegiance to the French Martini. But these days, now my tastes have matured, I love a damn good margarita. Or a dirty martini (preferably with Grey Goose, or Ciroc if they have it) with three olives. In Amsterdam the onion martini was invented – no olives left? Add pickled onions and a splash of their vinegar. No kidding, it’s delicious.
But one of my most consistently loved cocktails over the years has got to be the Espresso Martini. Discovered in the hallowed bar of Shoreditch House at the age of 23, it’s been a staple part of my drinking culture ever since. Just try not to have more than three, you WILL go a bit crazy.
I even have pictoral evidence of the first time I had one, post a Sam Sparro gig at the Bloomsbury Ballrooms when I was feeling high on life (and coffee):
I’ve even attempted making them at home, with varying levels of success.
I’ve taken the time to give you my recipe below… trust me when I say it’s rocket fuel.
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a big handful of ice. Shake vigorously.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and enjoy.
Guess where I’m going tomorrow? Shoreditch House. Guess what I’m going to be drinking? YEP.
Go here to find out where you can buy these magical pods and start enjoying Espresso Martinis of your own!
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