Here at one of the best tapas bars Exeter has to offer, The Book Cover is well-acquainted with perfect pairings: jazz and cocktails, mystery and suspense, music and magic.
But considering our love for bitesize yet punchy tapas, we can’t forget about food’s favourite counterparts: pudding and drink. And while both are, literally, ‘too good to forget’, we’ve combined them into one glorious cocktail that you can sip casually whilst draping yourself elegantly over the bar. Yeah. Glam.
Too Good To Forget is an Espresso Martini. Shaken or stirred, you ask? We’ve got the lowdown.
Martinis may have a long history, gaining their fame and fortune through Bond films, but you might be surprised to hear that the Espresso Martini is only about 35 years-old. Created in the early eighties in London, it was designed as a “wake me up” according to its creator Dick Bradsel. Wanting to please his model client, Bradsel spontaneously used a nearby coffee machine to create this new classic.
After changing the name from the Vodka Espresso in order to reflect the elegant martini glass in which it is served, the drink now lives on in various recipes. Most, however, feature Vodka and coffee, in either liqueur or espresso form.
Here at the Book Cover – arguably the best tapas bar Exeter has to offer – we do everything with great taste: our music, entertainment and our menu. And that’s why we’ve crafted Too Good To Forget with pangs of orange and undertones of hazelnut.
We’re sticking strongly to Bradsel’s desire for the drink to be a ‘wake-me-up’, so we’ve included home-blended espresso in the mix, as well as chocolate bitters for an extra punch. The alcoholic element is provided by almond cognac Tintcher and Creme de Fig whisky, which preserves the drink’s fruity undertones. Noisette adds a final, smooth layer to the drink.
Sophistication in a glass, Too Good To Forget really is just that. An abundance of flavours means there’s intrigue in every drop. As such a modern drink, the Espresso Martini is flexible in everything but its coffee kick and its presentation, so we’ve taken up the challenge of creating the perfect version – and we think we’ve done pretty well! So, the next time you’re in town for some of the greatest tapas that Exeter can boast, why not try a side of sophistication and see for yourself if this drink really is Too Good To Forget?