The three coffee beans that typically garnish this cocktail are said to represent health, happiness, and prosperity, mirroring the traditional serving style of Sambuca, a classic Italian spirit. This unique garnish is better known in Italy as con la mosca, or "with the fly."
1 ½ oz. Vodka
½ oz. Luxardo Espresso
1 Espresso Coffee
3 Coffee beans for Garnish
Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker
Shake and double strain
Garnish with 3 coffee beans
Year of Origin
Rich and bold meets smooth and silky in this cocktail designed with night owls in mind.
Make this classic at home.
egendary Soho bartender Dick Bradsell is
most often credited with the creation of this
eye-opening cocktail in the late 1980s, and it experienced a bit of a resurgence in the early 2020s. While it’s not technically a true martini (thanks to the fact it contains neither gin or vermouth), we think a cocktail this special can call itself whatever it wants.