Brisbane’s best espresso martinis | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Brisbane’s best espresso martinis

Cawwwfeee! In the mornings, it’s our happiness (and half our personality), providing unrealistic expectations of productivity and ensuring the safety of coworkers. But after 5pm (and occasionally by lunchtime), we need something more than coffee. So combining booze and coffee for an evening caffeine hit? Double happiness.  Whether you need to escape the daily grind or fortify yourself for a long night, sip your way through the best espresso martinis on offer at cocktail bars around Brisbane. Friday’s Riverside | CBD Feeling depresso after your day? Head to Friday’s by the river where the only thing more buoying than the espresso martinis is the fairy lit tree on the rooftop giving way to a view of the twinkling Story Bridge. Mixing vodka, Patron XO and espresso (of course), it’ll mocha you happy in no time. Fish Lane Bistro at The Fox | South Brisbane Fish Bistro’s espresso martini is so sweet it resides on the dessert menu, not the cocktail menu. Dripping with salted caramel and served with a side of shortbread, we like it a latte. Plum Tucker | Red Hill For a liquid dessert that will leave you buzzing, Plum Tucker’s espresso martini is jazzed up with freshly extracted espresso, frangelico, Tasmanian butter vodka (butter!) and organic agave nectar. Frankly, it’s a plum good end to any evening. Heya Bar | Fortitude Valley Heya Bar’s frozen espresso slushie is a brewtiful sight, complete with whipped cream and sprinkles. Mixing Absolut Vanilla, Kahlua and coffee and spinning it into brain freezing delicousness, it’s like your childhood summer treat and grown up fave all rolled into one. Junk Bar | Ashgrove A sweet mix of espresso, Frangelico, Tia Maria and butterscotch schnapps, this boozy version of a caramel latte will have you wondering where it’s bean all your life. Give it a shot alongside one of their dessert bagels and you’ll be on your way to a good night. Coppa Spuntino | CBD Coppa Spuntino’s classic Vodka Espressos, with vodka, crème de cacao, Kahlua and espresso, are made even more delicious by the selection of delectable snacks and desserts on offer. Order a cheese plate perhaps, or a spiced ricotta and pear cannoli, and pretend you’re on holiday in Tuscany. Hop Scotch + Beans | Paddington With five different espresso martinis on the menu, you can trust that Hop Scotch and Beans will have the perfect tipple for you. Whether you’re a double espresso kinda person (get Terry’s Martini with double drip cold press), or a classic latte lover (get the Smooth Talker with Buffalo Trace bourbon), you’ll be covered. Hoo Ha Bar | South Brisbane Hoo Ha Bar’s espresso martini is the perfect sip for summer – not to mention the rest of the year. Mixing Maker’s Mark, fresh espresso, marshmallow syrup and dark chocolate, the Conrad will have you wishing you could drink five of them – but you might not be able to sleep for a week. Espresso patronum yourself into a good mood! Words by Taylare Maddern