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Video: How to make an espresso martini

With its heady mix of booze and caffeine, it's the ultimate pick-me-up. But how on Earth do you make an espresso martini? Jamie Jones from The Blind Pig shows us how

By David Clack
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According to booze legend, the first espresso martini was poured right here in London in 1983. Working at a bar in Soho, cocktail king Dick Bradsell was asked by a customer to mix up something that would 'wake me up, then fuck me up'. With its generous measure of vodka, this version from The Blind Pig has certainly got the second part covered.

Espresso martini recipe

25ml espresso
25ml coffee liqueur
45ml vodka

Shake with ice, strain into a martini glass, garnish with coffee beans.

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Though technically an upstairs adjunct to Jason Atherton’s celebrated Social Eating House (which itself garnered a five-star review in Time Out), The Blind Pig is a worthy destination in its own right. Perhaps as a nod to its Prohibition-flavoured nickname (‘blind pig’ being US underworld slang for a good old-fashioned den of iniquity), it’s not immediately obvious how to find it at street level; look under the vintage ‘Optician’ sign for the blindfolded hog doorknocker and boom, you’re in.

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