Espresso Martini Masterclass (Melbourne Style)
Them may be fighting words I know, but Melbourne is well known for, and very proud of, its coffee culture so by extension we take our coffee cocktails seriously- and reckon we make a pretty darn good one!
So let’s look at how to make an Espresso Martini, Melbourne style.
0:00 – Introduction
0:56 – History
3:09 – Products
6:30 – Prep
7:03 – Make
9:42 – Taste & comments
To make this Melbourne style Espresso Martini, you will need
45ml (1 1/2oz) vodka
30ml (1oz) espresso
20ml (2/3oz) Mr Black coffee liqueur
10ml (1/3oz) vanilla syrup (optional)
Lemon twist (optional)
And 3 coffee beans to garnish
A hawthorn strainer
A fine strainer
And a coupe or martini glass
I like to add a small amount of vanilla syrup as I feel it helps boost the body of the drink, and the vanilla marries all the other flavours nicely. To make it just split a vanilla pod and leave it in sugar syrup overnight. You can use the same pod a few times before it loses it’s flavour- vanilla is expensive! But you can absolutely just use regular sugar syrup as well, and it’s really a matter of taste. Feel free to leave it out if you prefer bitter, or add a little more if you like sweeter.
Add all of your ingredients to your shaker tin and fill with as much ice as possible. Seal the tins and shake as hard as you can but not for too long – you want to create a nice fluffy head so the shake is important SHORT AND SHARP.
Use your hawthorn strainer to hold the ice back in the tin and pour through the fine strainer in to your chilled glass – you definitely want to fine strain this one as otherwise the little ice chips will melt and ruin the head quicker.
Honestly I don’t tend to garnish with coffee beans in the bar because it just feels wasteful and ends up clogging the sink when they all get dumped out, but in researching this I found out that the 3 bean garnish is a nod to the traditional serving of Sambuca in Italy, where the 3 beans are called ‘con la mosca’ and represent health, wealth and happiness which is lovely!
Dick Bradsell also expresses a lemon zest over the top of the drink as he feels the lemony aroma lifts and adds to the drink, so it’s definitely worth a try.
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