Espresso martini named nation’s top cocktail – this is how to make one

Espresso martini named nation’s top cocktail – this is how to make one

People can’t get enough of vodka and espresso (Picture: Getty)

Margaritas, piña coladas and daiquiris can move aside.

The nation’s favourite cocktail has been revealed and it has a caffeinated kick, rather than a fruity one.

New data shows an espresso martini reigns supreme as the UK’s most popular cocktail choice – according to the Just Eat for Business’ Cocktail Championship.

The coffee-based cocktail was found to have the highest average rating compared to the number of reviews left on BBC Good Food – making it the standout favourite.

A mojito placed second, followed by a piña colada in third and a sex on the beach in fourth position.

The study also revealed that vodka is the most popular spirit, while citrus is the go-to fruit accompaniment in both alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks.

Research also showed that demand for black Russians and bloody marys is falling – as these drinks were reported as the lowest in the rankings.

This is slightly surprising considering a black Russian has a similar coffee and vodka make up to an espresso martini. 

If you’re keen to try and make the nation’s favourite cocktail for yourself, we have two recipes below – one for traditionalists and another with a slight twist.

Classic espresso martini recipe – from 100 Wardour Street: 

Is it your tipple of choice? (Picture: Getty)


  • 45ml vodka
  • 25ml Kahlua
  • A double espresso
  • 5ml sugar


1. Put all the ingredients in shaker.

2. Shake with ice.

3. Double strain in coupette glass.

4. Garnish with three coffee beans.

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Espresso rumtimi recipe – from London-based mixologist Harp Mann

Using rum as an alternative (Picture: Harp Mann)


  • 50ml Black Tears Cuban spiced rum
  • 50ml shot of hot espresso coffee 
  • 15ml Moketo espresso Italian espresso coffee spirit
  • 15ml Monin orgeat syrup
  • 5ml Monin vanilla syrup
  • 2/3 pipette Ms Betters bitters chocolate bitters
  • 1/3 pipette Ms Betters bitters miraculous foamer 
  • 20ml water
  • 3 coffee beans


  1. Shake all with ice for 25 seconds.
  2. Double strain into a pre-chilled coupe.
  3. Garnish coffee beans in corner of glass.

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