Cocktails at Home: Shake it Up for the 2023 Espresso Martini Fest

The second annual Espresso Martini Fest is brewing this month, bigger and more delicious than before with special events and nightly pourings at dozens of cocktail bars from October 9-15 in 14 cities across the U.S. 

Kicking off the week is an exclusive Espresso Martini Fest Masterclass in Los Angeles on October 10, hosted by Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur’s West Coast Brand Ambassador, Erin Schaeferle, and Bea Bradsell, daughter of Espresso Martini creator, Dick Bradsell, a legendary bartender who plied his trade in London’s vibrant Soho district. 

Select bars are showcasing exceptional classic coffee cocktails and innovative cold-brewed creations. Participating bars in Los Angeles include Accomplice, All Day Baby, Big Bar, and Cha Cha Cha. New York City venues include Death & Co, The Standard High Line, Centro, Ideal Glass Studios and Thief. Venues in Denver include The Art Hotel, Halcyon, Triangle, and Provision; in Seattle at Four Seasons, W Hotel, Civility & Unrest, Life on Mars; in Miami at the Ritz Carlton, The Miami Beach Edition, Espanola Cigar Bar, Lost Weekend, and more. A full list of venues and events can be found at the Mr Black Espresso Martini Festival Hub: To enjoy in the comfort of your own home, shake up this simple espresso martini any time you like.

Mr. Black Martini

1 oz. Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur

1 oz. Vodka

1 oz. Espresso (or Cold Brew Coffee)

.5 oz. Simple Syrup (optional)

Method: Combine the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a coupette glass. 


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