Bars reinvent Espresso Martini with Mr Black for festival

Loves Company

Four bars have teamed up with Mr Black, the cold press coffee liqueur from Australia, to offer twists on an Espresso Martini during London Coffee Festival in April.

The four bars – The Cocktail Trading Company, Loves Company, Upstairs at the Ten Bells, and 46 & Mercy – are all near to the Old Truman Brewery where the festival is being held from April 7 to 10. See below for the cocktails’ ingredients.

Over the course of the festival, 400 free drinks will be redeemable through the Drinki app which is free to download from the App Store and Play Store. Drinki, which offers its users one drink a night, every night, all year round, will run this special offer on a first-come, first-served basis.

Through UK distributor Love Drinks, Mr Black will also be hosting a stand at the London Coffee Festival where they will be offering samples of the liqueur and showing why the drink is described as “cocktail ketchup for dark spirits and stirred cocktails”.

Tom Baker, co-founder of Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur, said: “It seemed like the perfect time, what with the coffee festival, to introduce people to Mr Black and to reinvent the Espresso Martini, if only in four days. By downloading Drinki, people will be able to see and taste these amazing drinks at no cost, so get to it!

“The era of sticky, sweet coffee liqueurs jam packed with vanilla flavouring is over. The difference between Mr Black and other coffee liqueurs? It’s pretty simple: we like coffee and we want that flavour to come through in our drink.”

Mr Black – a bitter, dark drink with an unadulterated coffee kick – is made entirely using a cold extraction process. Speciality Arabica coffee beans from Ethiopia, Brazil and Papua New Guinea are chosen for their distinctive flavours. The blend is then cold extracted over 12 hours to produce a full-flavoured coffee without the acidity and bitterness of an espresso.

A 250kg basket press, taken from a winery, is used to extract the rich liquid from inside the coffee infusion. The cold press coffee is then blended with pure Australian grain spirit, which allows the rich flavour of the coffee blend to shine through.

For more about the London Coffee Festival, visit

Handy Nightcap - The Cocktail Trading Company

Mr Black Espresso Martini-style cocktails

Mr Nero from Upstairs at the Ten Bells (pictured top of page)
25ml Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur
35ml Calle blanco tequila
25ml Averna
1 Cold brew coffee ice cube
Stir down with ice. Strain over a lump of cold brew coffee ice the size of your fist. Garnish with a twist.

Handy Nightcap from The Cocktail Trading Company (pictured above)
15ml Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur
30ml Bourbon
20ml Sweet vermouth
1 dash Chartreuse
2 dash Terry’s Chocolate Orange Bitters
Pour bourbon, vermouth and Mr Black into a decanter over ice and slow stir. Strain into a rocks glass and add Chartreuse and bitters. Garnish with a golf ball.

Mr Nero - Upstairs at the Ten Bells

Black Flip from Loves Company (pictured above)
35ml Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur
15ml Vanilla vodka
15ml Sugar syrup
30ml Fresh espresso
30ml Milk
1 Cold drip coffee ice cube
Shake ice, Mr Black, vodka and syrup and pour into a latte glass. Pour the milk over. Take a photo for Instagram, hashtag #coffeemarble, and watch the likes roll in.

Dark Side of the Moon from 46 & Mercy (pictured below)
30ml Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur
30ml Dark rum
30ml Espresso
10ml Sugar syrup
Add ingredients and shake it like you stole it. Shake it hard. Very hard. Don’t be a monster, double strain it.

Dark Side of the Moon - 46 & Mercy

Photography by Tom Elms.

Updated March 24, 2016 with corrections to captions originally supplied with the pictures.

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