London’s Grind café-bars are celebrating Espresso Martini Month with a special menu featuring the newly launched Merlet et Fils C2 Café Cognac.
They are offering a cognac twist on the classic vodka-based drink for only £5 at their bars in Shoreditch, Soho, Holborn and London Bridge throughout June.
The cocktail uses Grind’s high-quality espresso, with Merlet Brothers Blend cognac in place of the vodka and Merlet C2 Café Cognac – a liqueur made with cognac infused with 100% Arabica Brazilian coffee extract plus a touch of sugar.
Two Espresso Martini variants are also available with added flavours of vanilla or orange (pictured). Also on the menu is a classic Sidecar made with Merlet Brothers Blend.
Introduced to the UK via Cask Liquid Marketing, the liqueur has a round, smooth and long finish from the cognac alongside rich coffee, spices, vanilla and a touch of cocoa.
Sam Trevethyen, head of coffee at Soho Grind, has selected a sweet but complex blend of coffee beans, with notes of caramel, praline and brownies, to complement Merlet’s Café Cognac for the Espresso Martini.
The Espresso Martini was created in Soho in the 1980s by bartender Dick Bradsell who made it for a supermodel who asked him for a cocktail that would “wake me up and f**k me up”. The original recipe contains vodka, coffee liqueur and a shot of espresso.