Summer’s here – even though the sun doesn’t always seem to be aware of that fact – and that means we can relax a little more than usual. Maybe you’re going on a long-awaited holiday, maybe you’re prepping for a staycation, maybe you’re attending a summer wedding or maybe you just stay at home and enjoy a few drinks with friends every now and then. Whatever option you go for, chances are you might go for a drink anyway. Yet what to choose? Soda? Beer? Cocktail? The options are – quite literally – endless these days.
Today, however, we won’t talk about cocktails nor beers. Although we’re quite fond of both, it’s cocktails we’ll be talking about right here, right now. Cocktail bars have been popular for a very long time now and they still remain some of people’s favorite places to hang out. And during the pandemic, when we couldn’t just go out for a drink, we even learned how to make a dang good cocktail at home. Because, well, you gotta treat yourself to something, right?
With the great amount of (amateur) baristas out there, the number of different cocktails is almost too big to count. Everyone has their own way of making things, their own proportions, their own favorite brands… It’s no exaggeration when we say that every day, at least one new drink sees the light of day. Yet despite all the different blends out there, the Brits still seem to prefer a good classic. At least, that’s what a new study says.
Classic is always good
The Just Eat for Business’ Cocktail Championship had a look at Britain’s preferred cocktails and it turns out that the Brits prefer a caffeine shot over a fruity fresh cocktail any day. At least, that’s what they concluded after going through BBC Good Food’s recipes and reviews. The espresso martini turns out to be the nation’s favorite, followed by the mojito, piña colada and sex on the beach. Those last three are indeed summery sweet yet nothing beats a good shot of coffee, or so it seems. As far as Britain’s least favorite concoctions go, the black Russian and bloody Mary come in last. Surprisingly so, if you ask us.
How to make an Espresso Martini?
Yet the question you’re asking yourself right now is, of course, how do I make one of those espresso martinis? Some of you might already have your own recipe yet for those of you who don’t, we asked Absolut (the vodka company). Here’s the recipe.
- Ice Cubes
- 1⅓ Parts Absolut Vodka
- ⅔ Part Kahlúa
- ⅔ Part Espresso
- 3 Whole Coffee Beans
How to do it:
- Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients.
- Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with coffee beans.
This might help:
- Prepare the espresso coffee beforehand and let it chill. That will help to minimize the dilution, make your drink colder and even tastier!
- When shaking, remember to wake the drink to life, do not rock it to bed. That will also improve the frothy foam on top of your final drink.
- When straining, make sure to pour the drink brisk and swift from your shaker. That will help getting all that beautiful foam out and land it on top of your drink.