Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

An espresso martini festival is coming to the UK this summer


One of our favourite drinks is having its moment in the sun this summer, as London’s first espresso martini festival touches down in the capital.

This decadent and darkly delicious drink will be celebrated in an event run by Australian coffee liquor maestros, Mr Black

The boozy caffeine experts have teamed up with DrinkUp.London for next month’s three-day extravaganza, which will run from 10 to 12 August.

The festival will see fifty of London’s most illustrations cocktail haunts flaunt their martini-mixing skills with a hefty sidekick of coffee.

Roll up, roll up for your boozy caffeine fix

Roll up, roll up for your boozy caffeine fix

Guests at the fiesta – which costs £10 a pop for tickets – get to embark on an unofficial road trip around these fine institutions, as they hunt down their favourite take on the classic espresso martini.

Each cocktail made by the participating bars will cost £5, but this still seems fairly reasonable given the exorbitant rate for drinks in the capital’s leading venues. 

Read more: Grab a coffee, write a book – the UK’s most inspiring literary cafes 

Plus, you get to compare and contrast which martini is made with the most finesse; always a fun task.

Other unique coffee-based cocktails will also be on the menu, for those who want their days to go with a zing.

The espresso martini: once known as a "pharmaceutical stimulant"

The espresso martini: once known as a "pharmaceutical stimulant"

An espresso martini is a suave, punchy mix of vodka, coffee liquor (such as Kahlua), sugar syrup and espresso. It’s both creamy and rich, and is the brainchild of fabled London bartender Dick Bradsell.

Legend has it that a world-famous British model – whose name has never been revealed - sashayed up to him in the late 1980s, and demanded a drink that would “wake me up and f**k me up”.

Read more: Sweden to host man-free festival next year

A classic was quickly born, known first as the vodka espresso and then the more medical-sounding “pharmaceutical stimulant”.

But whatever you choose to call it, it sure delivers a hit. 

Get your fix at London’s first espresso martini festival by booking tickets right here.

Images: DrinkUp.London, iStock



Rosé wine (aka the best wine) is getting its own boozy summer festival


Haagen-Dazs has launched a boozy ice-cream collection


The 14 feminist shows every woman needs to see at Edinburgh Fringe


The best and coolest gluten-free restaurants, cafes and bakeries in the UK

We bring you 29 places to chow down sans gluten

23 Aug 2017

This prosecco advent calendar will have you waving goodbye to summer

We're suddenly very excited about Christmas

by Megan Murray
22 Aug 2017

Lidl is selling £3.33 bottles of prosecco – but there’s a catch

Bring on the bubbles

by Megan Murray
21 Aug 2017

A vanilla ice cream shortage is currently sweeping the UK

But it’s still 99-with-a-flake season!

by Moya Crockett
15 Aug 2017

The mobile bar that delivers gin straight to your door

Gin that delivers

by Moya Crockett
14 Aug 2017

We would screw over our friends for free pizza, study says

Well, it is pretty good. Sorry.

by Amy Swales
10 Aug 2017

The gin bauble game just got updated for Christmas 2017

We look forward to trees entirely decorated in things we can eat and drink

by Amy Swales
10 Aug 2017

The untranslatable foreign words all foodies need in their vocabulary

Put down your grief bacon and read this

by Amy Swales
09 Aug 2017

This gin is one of the best in the world – and costs under £10

It keeps topping the polls in industry taste tests, but leaves you change from a tenner

by Amy Swales
27 Jul 2017

These are the UK's best bars for indulging your love of gin

G&T, anyone...?

by Jenny Tregoning
27 Jul 2017