Vodka, coffee, coffee liqueur, and cream are mixed with vanilla liqueur in this cocktail, which sits somewhere between a classic espresso martini and a White Russian. Ingalls Photography

Legendary London bartender Dick Bradsell created the original espresso martini in 1983 at Soho Brasserie by mixing vodka, hot espresso, cane syrup, and kahlua and garnishing it with coffee beans. Meaghan Dorman, head bartender at New York’s Dear Irving, crosses the espresso martini with the white russian in this modern update, mixing vodka, coffee, coffee liqueur, and cream, plus vanilla liqueur.

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Vanilla liqueur perfumes this drink from New York's Dear Irving bar.
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail


  • 1 12 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. cold-brew coffee
  • 34 oz. coffee liqueur
  • 34 oz. vanilla liqueur
  • 14 cup heavy cream
  • Cocoa powder, to dust


  1. Combine vodka, cold-brew coffee, and coffee and vanilla liqueurs in an ice-filled shaker. Shake; strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with heavy cream and dust with cocoa powder.