Dick Bradsell inventor of the Espresso Martini died in March of this year. Bradsell single-handedly changed the face of the cocktail scene in London in the 1980s.

The origin story of the vodka espresso (later to be known as the espresso martinis) is that Bradsell was approached by a famous model in 1984 who asked for a drink that would “wake me up, and then f*ck me up”.

Revolution Vodka Bar describe their take on Bradsell’s seminal cocktail as a ‘sophisticated little number’ and by their own admission lose the sophistication by topping it with chocolate popping candy.

Espresso Martini at Revs

Revolution’s ingredients are Stoli vodka, Kahlua, Creme de Cacao and chilled espresso coffee. A snip at £7.50 (for two if you own a Revolution Card – and at £3 I can thoroughly recommended that you buy one for a range of discounts).

The cocktail is a super cold massive hit of caffiene and tasted like a liquidised tiramisu much to my delight. The popping candy was initially a bit of a damp squib until I realised that crunching them released the pop-tastic magic from the otherwise dormant outer shell – rendered dormant no doubt by the liquid in which it floated.

Espresso Martini at Revs detail
No it’s not a picture from the Hubble Space Telescope… that’s the popping candy

Suffice to say I was thoroughly woken up and a little bit fucked up – since I don’t normally drink anything that contains caffeine.

Cheers Dick!