Gin Cocktails for One: Espresso Martini

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Are you even a millennial if you don’t spend your weekends drinking gin cocktails out of jam jars?

Despite what most of the mainstream media presumes, most of us millennials are staggering slowly to our mid 30’s or at the very least we’re planning our 30th birthday parties (like it’s the wedding our successful careers will never allow us). Unlike the Gen Z’s behind us, who have grown up connected to the world and all the health advice that comes with it, us millennials prefer to spend our time guzzling booze, smoking thirty fags, whilst dining on Deliveroo between 2am Skype meetings with our boss. We were bought up by women with massive shoulder pads, who were getting ‘shit done’ whilst undertaking 2 hours of callenectics and raising 3 kids. We’re the ‘work hard, play harder’ generation and we’re doing this on a bloody shoe string.

If there is a cocktail that sums up our generation’s ‘live fast, die young’ mentality then it has to be an  ‘Espresso Martini’. Created by bartender, Dick Bradsell in 80’s London’s Soho for a model who asked for a drink that would “wake me up, and then fuck me up”. Traditionally a mixture of coffee liqueur, fresh espresso and vodka, this cocktail offers that lovely feeling of being half cut whilst also ready to write your first novel by morning. Whilst Dick chose vodka in the 80’s, in the 2010’s we are all about locally sourced spirits in the form of Gin. Predominately distilled throughout the UK, Britons bought over 47 million bottles last year because ‘buy local’ right?

If like me, you love a gin cocktail, but you’re not willing to pay £8.50 for a G & T in a jam jar because the bar man clapped some bloody mint into it. Why not make your own gin cocktails at home, or with a few friends, and you can all get fucked up together? Note: if you’re doing this in your mother’s house because you’re 30 and can’t afford to buy your own home, then please ask your parents permission before inviting friends over. My sister (gin and crumpets) recently published her first cocktail book ‘Gin Made Me Do It,” (which includes 60 gin cocktail recipes and tons of history factoids like the story of Dick above). The recipe below is lovingly stolen from her:


Gin Cocktails: Espresso Martini

50ml Old Tom Gin

gin cocktails, espresso martini, gin

Gin Cocktails: Espresso Martini for One

22ml Kahlua or Tia Maria

22ml Hot fresh espresso

Cocoa powder to garnish (optional)

Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the gin, Kahlua/Tia Maria and espresso (using fresh espresso gives you the lovely foamy top). Shake together vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with a little dusting of cocoa powder (so you can pretend it’s a cappuccino and not a glass of pure booze).


Drink two and await mood altering reality where you are both highly efficient and completely no good to anyone. If you’re not as hardcore as my sister, then you could add a little sugar syrup if you like your coffee a little sweeter.


Whether you’re knocking back this little kickstarter alone, or enjoying the buzz with your besties, let me know how your gin cocktail making goes. Obviously gang, drink responsibly and all that shizz – I cannot be held responsible for any decisions you make after drinking one of these (would recommend hiding all phones and deleting exes contact details just in case though).