In the 1980s, a customer famously asked London bartender Dick Bradsell for a drink that would both wake her up and… umm, how shall we put this without using an obscenity?… intoxicate her quite a lot. He obliged by creating the Espresso Martini. Due to our booming coffee culture, this cocktail exploded, and the UK now consumes more Espresso Martinis per capita than probably any other country on Earth. Now, thanks to this revolutionary Harvey Nichols Espresso Martini Cocktail, it has never been easier to enjoy this favourite national pastime.
The espresso martini is a cocktail name familiar to all but the most inexperienced of drinkers, but it wasn’t always known as such. Invented by Dick Bradsell back in 1983 during his tenure at the Soho Brasserie, it was originally christened the “Vodka Espresso”. Cocktail legend has it that a young, future supermodel sidled up to the bar and asked Dick to make her a cocktail with coffee. He mixed her a drink using vodka, sugar, coffee liqueur and a shot of espresso, pulled from the coffee machine next to his station. It’s a story that has helped the drink retain an edginess that many modern cocktails have failed to replicate. Dick was the shining light of the London bar scene in this decade, and you might recognise his other creations; Bramble, Russian Spring Punch and Treacle.