Invented in Soho, London, the Espresso Martini embodies the buzz and eccentricity of its birthplace. We discover the three best places to order one in London.
Well known for their home roasted coffee blends, the Espresso Martini at Caravan is powerful and showcases their excellent barista skills. A double shot of the medium roast Market Blend coffee adds a subtle orange top note to the martini without overcomplicating it. Whilst the pipette-sized drop of homemade bitters, made with star anise, cinnamon and citrus, lends a warm and welcome spice. This is martini drinking at its best - we love it.
Wake up and smell the whisky, The Advisory's bold take on the Espresso Martini is not for the faint-hearted. Made with Bulleit bourbon - a spicy twist on the traditional vodka - it is malty, warming and full of gusto. The perfect accompaniment to shrimp burgers, beef pattys and lightly battered onion rings.
Gallery-cum-bar Peckham Springs – named after Del Boy’s infamous backyard bottled water business – is an ultra-cool affair, serving inventive cocktails at great prices. Made with vodka, Kahlua, white Crème de Cacao and locally sourced coffee beans, the Espresso Martini is traditional in its makeup but perfect in its construction. Smooth, bitter and full of depth, this martini is worth the visit alone.
The Sassoon Gallery, 22a Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QN
020 7635 6643