An espresso martini is the best of both worlds: a lavish libation fit for a night on the town and a jolt of caffeine to fight the post-dinner lull. Born out of the 1980s London bar scene, it’s having a moment on cocktail menus once again thanks to a new nostalgia-obsessed generation of drinkers.
This ‘tini can be made with just about any base spirit and mixed with some sort of coffee (traditionally coffee liqueur), which makes Seedlip’s Spice 94 non-alcoholic spirit paired with chilled espresso a perfect fit for this tried-and-true formula. Subtle molasses flavor from the light brown sugar rich syrup—made from two parts sugar and one part water—enhances the allspice, cardamom, and citrus top notes of the Spice 94, which makes for an ultra-sippable drink.
This recipe is shared in partnership with Seedlip. —The Editors