People are putting parmesan cheese in espresso martinis

People are putting parmesan cheese in espresso martinis

A classic with a twist (Photo: The Cocktail Co/Getty)

No drink combines deliciousness with the ability to spice up your stride like an espresso martini.

The coffee-based cocktail has long been considered one of the most popular drinks in the UK, but now there is a new way to drink an espresso martini that has taken the internet by storm.

While you may be used to the bartender filling your glass with a few coffee beans or a pinch of cocoa, the new garnish is… parmesan.

Now, before you recoil in horror, hear us out.

In recent weeks, TikTok users have begun a craze for adding a touch of cheese to the classic cocktail, with some videos racking up hundreds of thousands of likes.

But what exactly makes the unexpected connection work?

Abby Mathews, mixology expert and director of The Cocktail Co, says: “The idea of ​​adding Parmesan to an espresso martini may seem unusual at first glance, but it’s a flavor combination you’re probably already familiar with from many popular breakfast dishes—take the egg and cheese omelet with coffee, for example.

“The espresso martini has always been popular with the public, offering a smooth enjoyment balanced with the caffeine effect.

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“And while the cocktail is delicious on its own, the addition of the salty, savory Parmesan flavor can perfectly balance the sweet and bitter flavors of a cocktail, adding a unique depth that will surprise your taste buds.”

The tasting reaction to the drink was surprisingly positive. In one video directed by @GoldenBrownCoffee, a caffeine connoisseur asked, “Why is it so good?”

Meanwhile, bartender @highproofpreacher said, “I’m sorry to tell you it was awesome.”

Not convinced yet? Well, try the Parmesan espresso martini for yourself.

How to make an espresso martini with parmesan

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 100 g powdered sugar (for sugar syrup)
  • Ice
  • 100ml vodka
  • 50 ml freshly brewed espresso coffee
  • 50 ml coffee liqueur
  • parmesan cheese


  1. Let’s start by making sugar syrup. Place the powdered sugar in a small saucepan and place over medium heat, pour in 50 ml of water. Stir and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down. Place two martini glasses in the refrigerator to chill.
  3. When the sugar syrup has cooled, pour one tablespoon into a shaker along with a handful of ice, vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur.
  4. Shake until the outside of the shaker is ice cold.
  5. Grate the parmesan shavings directly on top.

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