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Espresso Martini with Grey Goose Vodka

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It’s during a recent Master Class with the Canadian ambassador for French vodka Grey Goose, Stephanie Lamb, that I learned to know better the espresso martini that I knew well enough to have tasted it several times.

The origin of the Espresso Martini

The Espresso Martini and Yule Log

The Espresso Martini and Yule Log
Credit: Luc Bourgeois

The exact origin of the Espresso Martini is a little blurry and seem lost forever, but according to popular belief, this cocktail was created by Dick Bradsell, the godfather of the London cocktail. In the late 1980s when he was a bartender at the Freds Club in London’s Soho district, one of the hottest bar at the time, a young supermodel asked for a drink that would ‘wake her up’ and make her feel like I’m getting fucked (Wake me up and fuck me up). “Bradsell has confirmed this several times. So this cocktail is certainly not the one that will make you sleep. Here’s your new third or last course: the perfect way to end your dining experience and start your evening of party.


  • 1½ ounces of Grey Goose vodka (In SAQ) (try with the Grey Goose Ducasse a for a different result)
  • 1 ounce of espresso (we use Nespresso capsules as it is easy to make for one or two person) 
  • ¾ ounce of premium coffee liqueur such as NOLA from St. George Spirits (courtesy of Breakthru Canada) or Patrón XO Cafe, from the famous Tequila Patron
  • 1 pinch of flower salt
  • 3 coffee beans (Optional, it’s for the decoration)

The preparation of Espresso Martini with Grey Goose vodka

Espresso Martini with Grey Goose- Preparation

Espresso Martini
Credit: Luc Bourgeois

  • Add all the ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds
  • Filter everything in a chilled martini glass
  • Garnish with salty dark chocolate powder and 3 coffee beans
  • Enjoy

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