The Cocktail Experiments

The Cocktail Experiments

Have you ever wanted to throw one of those beautiful dinner parties, the type where you cook a three course dinner, light candles and of course, make a few cocktails. The only problem is the cocktail part. You know what you and friends like to drink, you order them every weekend. But making them? That’s a whole other kettle of fish. Which vodka do you buy? Where the hell do you find a coffee liqueur?
It’s a daunting world out there, but Drinkup LDN are here to make things a hell of a lot easier for you.

The Cocktail Experiments are classes to teach you all about your favourite cocktail, which ingredients you can use and how to make it yourself. It’s everything you need in one handy class and it’s only £15 (a bloody bargain if you ask me).

I went along to their Espresso Martini Cocktail Experiment which was a refresher I didn’t know I needed until I went to make my drink and completely forgot what I was doing!

The History

The class was lead by the wonderful Bea Bradsell who is the Bar Ambassador at Drinkup (you can read more about Bea in my interview with her here). We started off with the history of the Espresso Martini, which was created by Bea’s Dad, so we got the proper insider info. We learnt how the drink evolved and how it spread across the country as bartenders put their own twists on the original.


Bea then took us through a few different vodkas and coffee liqueurs, explaining why each one was different and how that would affect our final drink. We tasted each one to decide which we prefered and then proceeded on to the cocktail making…

My Espresso Martini recipe

50ml Black Cow Vodka
This vodka is made from milk so has an incredibly creamy texture.

25ml Mr Black coffee Liqueur
An Australian coffee liqueur made with cold brew coffee. It’s much drier than other coffee liqueurs.

25ml Espresso
If you want your drink to be as tasty as possible, make sure you’re using the best quality espresso. Bad ingredients = a bad drink

A splash of sugar syrup
Because of how dry Mr Black coffee liqueur is, you’ll need to add some sugar. Have a play to find te amount you like.

Shake all the ingredients together over ice as hard as you can. You’ll have to really go at it to get that foam.
Garnish with three coffee beans.

If you’d like to attend one of Drinkup London’s classes click here to buy tickets.

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