Last month Rockpool Sydney was serving up a $99 espresso martini. And our northern friends are soon to get a bar entirely dedicated to the cult caffeinated elixir. It might seem like our local bars need to lift their game, but we know better. Here are eight places in Melbourne that take espresso martini decadence to the next level.
Eau De Vie's 'Espresso Zabaione'
A round up of Melbourne's best coffee cocktails is not complete without a nod to Eau De Vie. Seriously, Listers get out their pitchforks if we leave their Espresso Zabaione out. Choose between a tequila, vodka or rum version mixed with coffee and maple syrup under a mousse foam which is nitro-frozen theatrically at the table. We hear rumours that some people will order it, take a photo and leave. Yes, they have created a tourist attraction out of a single drink.
Mototaxi's 'Blanco Long Cô'
St Kilda East
Looks can be deceiving at newcomer Mototaxi. Their Blanco Long Cô looks like a regular cafe latte. In reality it's a tequila-soused take on Vietnamese iced coffee. The drink is made rich with infusions of vanilla and chocolate plus a dollop of condensed milk. It goes down like a dream but be warned; the El Jimador makes this one potent pick-me-up.
Operator 25's 'Sprotini'
If you're serious about coffee you should skip the bartender and go straight to a barista. Operator 25 cafe's barista-invented cocktail is the Sprotini. It's a combination of Code Black coffee, Starward whisky, Mr Black and Amaro served in a champagne flute and sprinkled with zesty freeze-dried raspberries.
Spice Market's 'Espress-snow Martini'
All your Frozen dreams have come true in cocktail form at Spice Market. If the Espress-Snow Martini's mixture of butter infused-vodka, Little Drippa coffee and Tia Maria wasn't heart-melting enough it also features a passionfruit marshmallow iceberg, a snowfall of Persian fairy floss and a dusting of white chocolate and shredded coconut.
Fall from Grace's 'Saving Grace' and 'Walking in the Dark'
We can't choose. Don't make us choose. On one hand Fall from Grace's Saving Grace ramps up the espresso martini stakes with the always welcome addition of salted caramel plus a side of popcorn with each serving. On the other, their Walking in the Dark is an intoxicating concoction of coffee-infused Lillet Rose and pistachio-infused cognac which arrives in a cloud of smoke.
Nieuw Amsterdam's 'Rose Chocolate Affogato'
What makes an espresso martini even better? Ice-cream! At Nieuw Amsterdam a spiced rum, double drip coffee liqueur and espresso base is laden with a scoop of dark chocolate and rose ice cream for a swoon-worthy dessert drink that tastes as naughty as it looks nice.
Om Nom's 'Salted Caramel Cracking Espresso'
As one of Om Nom's newest creations, the Salted Caramel Cracking Espresso has the lot; vodka infused with vanilla, cold-press espresso, Kahlua and a caramel chocolate foam on top that is nitro-frozen upon serving. Why would we expect anything less from a kitchen that specialises in creating fantasy desserts? Om nom indeed.
Pablo Honey's Speedy Gonzales
Pablo Honey continues to mix things up with its take on an espresso martini. With a hint of chocolate and a zing of chilli that stays with you, it’s aptly named the Speedy Gonzales. It’s an espresso martini, but better.
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Image Credit: Fall From Grace