Vodka Espresso

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Discerning Drinkers (40 ratings)

Serve in an

Old-fashioned glass

Garnish:

Float 3 coffee beans in the centre of the drink, arranged in a flower petal formation.

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into ice-filled glass.

1 2/3 fl oz Ketel One Vodka
1 1/2 fl oz Espresso coffee (freshly brewed & hot)
2/3 fl oz Galliano Espresso Coffee liqueur
1/6 fl oz Sugar syrup 'rich' (2 sugar to 1 water, 65.0°Brix)
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Review:

Vodka and coffee combine in this tasty wake-up call.

History:

Created circa 1983 by Dick Bradsell while bartending at the Soho Brasserie on Old Compton Street, London who created his Vodka Espresso for a woman, said to be an "American model," who famously asked for "Something that's gonna wake me up, then fuck me up."

The Vodka Expresso
SHAKE
50mls good vodka
12.5mls Kahlua
1 dash of sugar
A shot of extra extra strong espresso coffee.
Shake on ice. Pour all over rocks in a small old fashioned glass.
Two sipper straws (optional).

Dick Bradsell, 2010s

Over a decade later, this cocktail was tweaked and served straight-up to become the much better-known Espresso Martini and you can read more about both cocktails on our Espresso Martini page.

Nutrition:

One serving of Vodka Espresso contains 189 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.4 standard drinks
  • 15.93% alc./vol. (31.86° proof)
  • 19.1 grams of pure alcohol
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