Early April in the UK brings showers, cold winds and this year, Easter. Over in Italy and Brazil however, it is time for National Coffee Days. Now these are two nations that take their coffee seriously so it would be remiss to let both Brazilian Coffee Day (14 April) and Italian Espresso Day (17 April) pass without comment.
As for the drink, there’s really only one choice this year and it is perhaps the one of only two worthwhile survivors of the 1980s trend of calling every drink a Martini. Long before the vodka and Red Bull hit the scene, the Espresso Martini was the ultimate boozy pick me up and will certainly perk you up before a night on the town:
- Shake 50ml vodka, 20ml espresso and 10ml sugar syrup with cubed ice for twenty seconds.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with a couple of coffee beans.