Love an espresso martini? Well, you need to make sure you try each of these five – they’re the best in Leeds.
The espresso martini was invented during the 1980s at the request of a model who asked British mixologist Dick Bradsell for something that would ‘wake me up, and then f*ck me up’ – he duly obliged. The blend of vodka, coffee liqueur and a shot of espresso is now a classic, and you can find some fine examples in Leeds. We’ve rounded up 5 of our favourites for you to try – will you go for something classic or try something a little experimental?
Pistachio Espresso Martini at Banyan
Banyan threw the rulebook out of the window when they created their espresso martini. The Leeds bar teams an espresso shot with Reyka vodka and Tia Maria coffee liqueur – but what makes it stand out is the addition of their homemade pistachio syrup. It’s a classic with a twist and you should absolutely try it out – after all, it’s only £7.50.
Banyan, 2 The Old Post Office Building, City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2ES.
Salted Caramel Espresso Martini at The Ivy
Salted caramel is all the rage right now and The Ivy has the perfect cocktail if you need your fix. The Salted Caramel Espresso Martini brings together Polish Wyborowa vodka, Bepi Tosolini Exprèss coffee liqueur and a shot of freshly pulled espresso. It’s finished with a dash of sweetness thanks to their salted caramel syrup. This inventive twist will set you back £8.
The Ivy Victoria Quarter, Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BB.
Classic Espresso Martini at Dirty Martini
As you’d expect, Dirty Martini make a wicked espresso martini at their Leeds bar. They mix together Absolut Blue vodka, Kahlua coffee liquor and Teichenne Butterscotch Schnapps, before shaking it up with fresh espresso. This is a real eye-opener and it’ll set you back £9 – but you can get half price during happy hour.
Dirty Martini, 31 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HL.
XO-Presso Martini at The Brotherhood
This one takes you from Leeds to Mexico with a big caffeine hit. Brotherhood use Patron XO Cafe and El Jimador tequila instead of vodka, mixing it with coffee liqueur, sugar and a splash of espresso. It’s the ultimate party drink – order one of these when you’re flagging and you’ll be back on the dance floor in no time. The XO-Presso Martini comes in at £7.50.
The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes, 54 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
Mochachini Martini at The Liquorist
This is a little bit different. Head to The Liquorist to sup their Mochachini Martini. It’s an indulgent, creamy interpretation on the classic that uses a mix of Smirnoff Vanilla vodka, chocolate cacao liquor and a shot of espresso. The big finish? A pour of vanilla syrup, which adds a sweet, moreish edge to proceedings. Try it for yourself for £8.
The Liquorist, 5-7 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.Cover image credit: © Copyright Leeds-List 2019 by Ali Turner