Espresso martinis with a twist

Caffeine, alcohol and a whole lot of yummy – what’s not to like about this liquid dessert in an elegant glass? We’ve found some of the best espresso martini experiences in Melbourne, so make a date and start sipping!

Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq’s espresso martini

Yes, it has arcade games and dodgems, and fairground comfort food like hot dogs and waffle fries. But look at the drinks menu and you soon realise Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq is a playground for grown-ups too. Their fun-filled cocktail list includes a classic espresso martini made with vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso. For an extra $4 it comes with a mini Magnum – nice!

A clear glass filled with dark liquid with a small ice cream on top

Archie’s espresso martini

High Coffee at Little Collins Street Kitchen

Move over high tea, it’s high time for high coffee! It makes total sense in this city known for great coffee, especially when you’re handed an espresso martini to start. High Coffee at Sheraton Melbourne’s Little Collins Street Kitchen has plenty of the usual afternoon tea treats, including scones and petite savouries. Several sweeties are cleverly caffeinated though, like cappuccino macarons and chocolate hazelnut tarts with kahlua gel. Get in quick, because this winter pleasure is only available until 31 July.

Om Nom’s Salted Caramel Cracking Espresso cocktail

Did someone say foam? Such molecular gastronomy flair is standard at dessert restaurant Om Nom, where art and science make sweet sensory love. For their Salted Caramel Cracking Espresso, caramel nitro-charged foam gets together with vanilla-spiked vodka, salted caramel, kahlua and cold-pressed espresso. Be prepared, your eyes and tastebuds will pop!

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Om Nom’s espresso martini

The Winter Village’s espresso martini ice-cream pops

Melbourne’s new winter-long hot spot filled with see-through igloos sure has some tasty treats – none better than espresso martini ice-cream pops. They’re part of The Winter Village at Fed Square’s Standard Package (that’s actually pretty sweet) when you book an igloo. Paired with the menu’s other yummies, like hot caramel-apple toddies, this take on the espresso martini will make you love winter.

Out of Africa

Spin a safari twist on your next martini at Polepole and their upstairs neighbours Glamp. The bartenders at Polepole make a creamy, ‘berrylicious’ flavour profile with their signature ‘Mzungu Martini’, which has been on the menu since they opened five years ago. This delicious blend of Baron Samedi spiced rum, amarula, crème de mure and espresso will be sure to get any party started. Glamp keeps the strong coffee coming with their brand new rum n’ raisin flavoured ‘King Kahawa’ cocktail – a mix of spiced gold rum, Pedro Ximenez sherry, kahlua and espresso.

A milky cocktail in a martini glass on the edge of a wooden table

The Mzungu Martini at Polepole

Melbourne Public’s happy hour espresso martini

You’ll feel sophisticated at op-shop prices with a $10 espresso martini in hand. That’s right, your favourite cocktail’s just $10 during the extra-long 4 to 7pm weekday happy hour at South Wharf’s vintage-industrial chic bar, Melbourne Public. Enough said!

Maha Restaurant’s Moorish Coffee cocktail

The modern Middle Eastern dining experience at Maha Restaurant extends to their sophisticated cocktail menu, including the Moorish Coffee. It’s an espresso martini with a touch of the exotic: frangelico, chestnut liqueur, coffee liqueur, chocolate bitters and salted Aleppo pepper. So, Moorish and moreish!

An espresso martini on a table

Moorish Coffee cocktail at Maha

Vietnamese espresso martinis

Feeling more inclined toward some Asian-inspired indulgence? There’s an Eastern zing about the Rice Paper Scissors cocktail menu, including the Vietnamese Espresso Martini. You’ll be booking a holiday to Hanoi after one of these little rockets, fuelled by espresso, vodka, condensed milk and burnt cinnamon. Or try the Salted Caramel Vietnamese Espresso Martini at the revamped Little Brother Cafe. It’s a drinkable dream of vodka, kahlua, crème de cacao, Vietnamese espresso and salted coconut syrup.

Still want more? The recently opened Straight Outta Saigon (formerly twenty pho seven) serve up an excellent concoction of Vietnamese coffee , frangelico, blood orange cointreau and bacardi spiced rum.

A milky cocktail in a martini glass on the edge of a wooden table

The Vietnamese take on an espresso martini at Straight Outta Saigon

Eau de Vie’s Espresso Zabaione cocktail

One of Melbourne’s foremost bars for seriously tricked-up cocktails, Eau de Vie naturally has a next-level espresso martini. Their Espresso Zabaione begins with your choice of top-shelf vodka, rum or whisky, stirred with coffee and maple syrup by the mixologist. Saffron and vanilla mousse is layered on top, then the whole concoction is chilled with liquid nitrogen to form a frozen cap. Give it a crack and get sipping!

A coffee cocktail topped with cream with smoke coming off it

The espresso zabaione at Eau de Vie

Win with Crown’s Grey Goose espresso martini

Now’s a good time to have a drink at Crown. Several venues, including Atrium Bar and Lumia Bar, have ponied up with Grey Goose vodka for a competition running until 30 June. Get yourself a Grey Goose cocktail – of course we recommend the espresso martini – and you could win a trip to LA. Check out the website for details.

Please drink responsibly.