It’s The ‘No More Sleepy Fun Sponge” Espressotini Festival
Written by: Sophie Taylor
At around midnight last Saturday I found myself hangry, sleepy on ciders and seriously lagging behind the rest of the night’s revellers.
When someone then suggested walking home (literally up the road) the party pooper within was fully unleashed.
Something snapped and I turned full on fun sponge / night grinch.
What I really needed was a slap in the face and one of those expensive caffeine cocktails. You know the ones, all coffee beans and vodka and back in fashion yet again.
Yes, the all hallowed, ever-returning Espresso Martini.
But DID YOU KNOW: the recipe is a relatively new invention?
Back in the 80s, a soon-to-be infamous supermodel (sorry but it was blats Naomi Campbell) walked into a bar feeling much the same way I felt on Saturday night. Except looking a lot different, presumably, but in very similar attire to be fair.
She was sleepy and sober and in need of a pick me up.
Asking notorious and rakish bartender, Dick Bradsell for something that would “wake me up and fuck me up”, she watched him crack his fingers and deftly shake up the tasty Espresso Martini we all know and regret ordering today when we look at our bank statements the next morning.
Fast forward thirty years (ARGH HOW IS IT THIRTY) and now there’s an Espresso Martini Festival happening in London. All over London.
But we’ll focus on the North London venues taking part for now.
If you register for a ticket, you can take advantage of £5 Espresso Martinis all weekend in the following bars:
108 Essex Road, N1 8LX
45 Essex Road, N1 2SF
129 Stoke Newington High St, N16 0PH
2 Highgate Road, NW5 1NR
6 Pancras Square, 6 King’s Blvd, Kings Cross, N1C 4AG
One Pancras Square, 1 Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, N1C 4AG
Espresso Martini Cruise: Thanks to Ladies and Gents Bar, you can drink delicious Mr Black Espresso Martinis, on a boat. Limited tickets available now, including free cocktail and one hour cruising time. Taking off from Goods Way, Granary Square, N1C 4AA
Register here for the Espresso Martini Festival, August 10th – 12th ’17.
And if you’re not into the fuck me up side of waking up, look out for new coffee house Hooked in London coming to N4.
Or make your own perfect cuppa Joe with help from our Vagabonds coffee recipe.
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