The Espresso Martini has become one of the most popular variations on the classic martini. Blended from espresso coffee, vodka and coffee liqueur, it’s a delicious hit of liquor and caffeine, which makes this cocktail the perfect accompaniment or alternative to dessert.
The secret to the perfect Espresso Martini is balance. A good dose of spirit mixed delicately with its coffee and liqueur companions for the right level of sweetness. It must be smooth and elegant with a lush crema on top.
Arguably, Melbourne has more than its fair share of fabulous cocktails bars, each with their own take on this beauty. Impossible to choose a favourite, but this one comes close.
Back Bar, Windsor
You’ll feel like you stepped back in time in this art deco lounge bar. Old worldly, warm and cozy with its red and gold décor, lush velvet lounges and lamps, Back Bar is like a scene from The Great Gatsby. The perfect bar to sit back and sip from your elegant cocktail glass.
Renowned for their Espresso Martini, the cocktail bartenders at Back Bar give this baby every attention to detail. They mix the perfect cocktail. Light and fluffy crema on top with a garnish of two ever so carefully placed coffee beans, this may be Melbourne’s smoothest Espresso Martini. It’s virtually impossible to stop at one.
67 Green Street, Windsor
Open Wednesday to Saturday, 5 p.m. til late. Open Sunday 2 p.m. til late.
“Drink because you are happy…”
― G.K. Chesterton, Heretics