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How to Make the Mr. Black Espresso Martini

I think this has to be the easiest Espresso Martini recipe you can find. Even made with instant espresso coffee, it is killer and would make Dick Bradsell proud!

Mr. Black's Espresso Martini - Cocktail Recipe

Where was the Espresso Martini born

The aforementioned Dick Bradsell was minding his own business bartending at The Soho Brasserie in London in the 1980’s, when a famous model walked in and asked for a cocktail that would “wake me up and then f*&*s me up.”

A coffee machine was right behind him, so he grabbed a shot, added vodka, shook it up, served it in a Martini glass, and a legend was born. It has since been made with sugar syrup, coffee liqueur and, usually freshly brewed espresso.

What is Mr. Black

Mr.-Black-Espresso-Martini bottle

Mr. Black is a cold brew coffee liqueur, made with Australian grain spirit and beans from three sources – Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia and Brazil. In this recipe, it acts as the coffee liqueur, the vodka and the sugar.

Although it’s a liqueur, Mr Black is not that sweet. Martin Hudàk, their Global Brand Ambassador, told me that it has half the sugar and ten times the coffee concentration of other coffee liqueurs.

How to make the Mr. Black Espresso Martini


You need to start with the following ingredients to make the Mr. Black Espresso Martini:

  • Mr. Black Cold Brew
  • Espresso
  • Ice
  • Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Glass
Tools for expresso martini

I made the Espresso with both instant (above in the photo) and freshly brewed coffee (the Lavazza in the recipe below). Of course, the freshly brewed coffee gives it much more depth of flavor, but sometimes you just don’t have the time to futz around making espresso.

If you are going the instant route, then I suggest getting the best you can find. Which ever brand you choose, make your coffee and let it cool before you make the cocktail. If you have left over, save it in your fridge for an ice coffee or a White Russian!

  • Make the espresso and let it cool. Then add 30ml or 1oz to your shaker!
measure for espresso martini
  • Grab your Mr. Black and add 60ml or 2oz to the shaker!
shaking the espresso martini
  • Add ice and then shake, shake, shake! The harder you shake the more foam you’ll have!
  • Then strain it into a glass!
The finished espresso martini

If you want to try another Mr. Black or Espresso Martini, don’t miss:

Here is the recipe!!

Mr. Black's Espresso Martini - Cocktail Recipe

Mr. Black’s Espresso Martini

The easiest Espresso Martini recipe in town with only two ingredients! All you have to do is make an espresso, open a bottle, shake, and pour!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine British
Servings 1
Calories 197 kcal


  • 2 oz Mr Black
  • 1 oz cold espresso


  • Make and chill espresso
  • Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice
  • Shake hard
  • Strain into coupette


Serving: 1gCalories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 33mgSugar: 27gVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.04mg
Keyword Coffee, martini
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