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That’s Right, An Entire Night Dedicated to the Espresso Martini (Best Be Quick, Tickets Are Limited)

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

Love espresso martinis? Then you need to get yourself down to this one-off event.

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The espresso martini hasn’t been around for long, but it’s already become a firm favourite – and this event will celebrate it in all its guises.

A child of the eighties, the espresso martini was invented by British mixologist Dick Bradsell. It’s said that he created it at the behest of a world-famous model at Fred’s Club in 1984. She wanted something that would, ‘wake me up, and then fuck me up’ – and that’s exactly what she got, a potent mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso. Talk about an eye-opener!

Since then, it’s gone through something of an evolution. Bradsell’s original recipe has become an absolute classic, but it’s also been experimented on, with creative mixologists finding new and interesting ways to serve up an espresso martini and that’s what this night is all about. On Thursday 2nd November 2017, Lee Jones, Smokestack’s Head Mixologist, will join forces with Artemis Coffee to reveal the complexity of this incredible drink.

It’s a night of contradictions, so expect familiar concoctions with a few delicious surprises. You’ll start with a welcome cocktail, before trying three different takes on the espresso martini, each matched with truffles to bring out the flavours of both the spirit and the coffee. But that’s not all, because at the end of the night, you’ll be given a goodie bag to take away, with everything you need to make your own espresso martini at home.

What you’ll be drinking on the night

It may be a night dedicated to espresso martinis, but your first drink is a little bit different. It’s a one-off cocktail that Lee has made especially and it’s the perfect example of how coffee drinks can be adapted. This one brings together clarified cold drip, crème de menthe and almond milk – trust us, if you like espresso martinis, you’ll love this.

Then you’ll try the first of three espresso martinis, but don’t expect conventional pours. In fact, the first of the night is the most adventurous. Lee has swapped vodka for Bulleit Bourbon, a spicy, fruity American whiskey that some people would find challenging to drink on its own – but don’t worry, you won’t have to because it’s perfectly paired with Artemis’ Ethiopian ‘natural process’ cold drip. The result is a super boozy, fruity coffee drink that packs a punch in the flavour department, which means it’s the perfect drink to start on.

From whiskey to rum, your next espresso martini uses Ron Zacapa 23. It’s a sweet, chocolatey Guatemalan rum with notes of roasted Brazil nuts and toasted hazelnuts, so it’s the perfect match for Artemis’ Brazil washed cold drip. These two set each other off perfectly, so much so, that you might well be begging him to make you another when the night is done.

And for the grand finale? It’s the traditional ‘vodka espresso’ (that was Bradsill’s original name for the drink, you know?) This one’s made with Ketel One Vodka, and Lee told us why, “It’s a light and delicate wheat-based Dutch vodka. I didn’t want something to blow this away, so it will be paired with Panama Geisha. Geishas are very delicate floral coffees, nothing overpowering, just light nuances.”

Book your tickets now and save £5

This is a one-off espresso martini tasting and there are just 30 places up for grabs, but you’ll have to be quick because tickets will sell out fast – especially because we’re giving you £5 off. Just use our exclusive offer code WAKEMEUP when you book.