Love an espresso martini? You need to make sure you try these five!
It was the 1980s. British mixologist Dick Bradsell was behind the bar and his punter wanted something that would ‘wake her up, and then f*ck her up’. He duly obliged and the espresso martini was born. The blend of vodka, coffee liqueur and a shot of espresso is now a classic, but where can you get one in Leeds? These five stand out as the best and most unusual espresso martinis in Leeds.
The Espresso Martini
The Watermark has a reputation for redefining the cocktails you love. Small changes here and there take the espresso martini to new heights – here, vodka is replaced by Martel V.S Cognac, perfectly paired with freshly made espresso and demerara sugar. Fig liqueur brings all the freshness of sun-ripened fruit, while chocolate adds a bitter-sweet twist to round off the drink.
The Watermark, 3 Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
The Espresso Rumtini
How’s this for a twist on a classic? Revolución de Cuba’s Espresso Rumtini certainly looks the part, but it’s hiding a delicious secret. Instead of vodka, they’ve laced it with Havana Club Añejo Especial, a smooth and perfectly golden rum that pays homage to their Cuban roots. It’s shaken with Kahlúa, vanilla and freshly brewed coffee to give the same buzz in a new guise.
Revolución de Cuba, 64-68 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
The Salted Caramel Espresso Martini
Two trends collide with delicious results at The Ivy. Their espresso martini begins with Wyborowa Vodka. It’s given a rich velvety depth with a shot of espresso and a generous splash of Bepi Tosolini Exprè Coffee Liqueur to create a stone cold classic. But then comes the curve ball – salted caramel syrup adds a sweet twang that takes the edge off those bitter undertones.
The Ivy Victoria Quarter, Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BB.
The Classic Espresso Martini
Don’t want to mess with perfection? Head to Roland’s. Their espresso martini is one of the best in Leeds. Cold brew coffee is expertly paired with Wolfe Bros. Coffee Liqueur. Bonomi Vodka takes it to heady new heights before they add sweet chocolate-coffee notes of their stout syrup. It’s simple, yet exquisite, finished, just as you’d expect, with trio of roasted coffee beans.
Roland’s, 39 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
The Hazelnut Espresso Martini
Everything at Cuckoo is a little bit bonkers, including their espresso martini. They use La Bottega Milanese coffee as the base, but that’s the only ingredient that’s true to the norm. It’s laced with coffee tequila, spiked with hazelnut liqueur and finished with Irish cream to create a deliciously nutty cocktail that’s more akin to a cappuccino than an espresso.
Cuckoo, 37 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.