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Cocktail Recipe: The Espresso Martini from The Library Bar at The Lanesborough, London

Overlooking Hyde Park and adjacent to the grounds of Buckingham Palace, The Lanesborough is one of London’s most iconic hotels commanding a prestigious location that straddles Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair.

The hotel’s Library Bar offers a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of city life. One of London's most celebrated drinks destinations, distinguished by its outstanding mixology and venerable ‘liquid museum’ of spirits, the Library Bar offers the warm and intimate atmosphere of a private club complemented by a vibrant ambiance, making it a popular choice with both well-heeled locals and hotel guests. The Library Bar is famous for its classic Espresso Martini; a sweet-toothed tipple that is perfect as a post-dinner digestif, concocted using only three ingredients.


• Two shot glasses of espresso, or instant coffee mixed with hot water (make it strong!). We recommend two teaspoons of instant coffee to one spoon of sugar

• Two shot glasses of Vodka – any will do

• Two drops of vanilla extract

Tip: to make this extra sweet or to adapt into a fun dessert, you could blend the coffee mix and Vodka with two tablespoons of vanilla, chocolate or caramel ice cream – take your pick


Shake well in a tin jar or cocktail shaker with ice

Strain and pour into your favourite cocktail glass (ideally a Martini glass)


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