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Recipes given to us by some of our favourite bartenders


Our favourite bartenders: Alex Kratena

Our man Alex

Crikey, it’s been absolutely ages since we featured one of our favourite bartenders but we’re back with Alex Kratena  in the hotseat. No one has a bad word to say about Alex – how could they? He’s one of the nicest guys in the business. He also makes cocktails to die for – each crafted with precision, passion and a generous dollop of pride. He and his team make every guest feel like the super-swish Artesian Bar at The Langham is their home rather than a five-star hotel – no wonder it picked up World’s Best Cocktail Menu at the prestigious Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail last year…

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Talking London Cocktail Week on BBC Radio London

Espresso Martini photo by

We nipped in to BBC Radio London to talk to our favourite presenter Jo Good about London Cocktail Week.

To celebrate we mixed up an iconic cocktail created right here in the capital by Dick Bradsell for a  supermodel who wanted a drink to “wake me up, then f**k me up”.

Sometimes called The Stimulant or the Supermodel Martini, you’ll find a version of it on most cocktail menus, usually filed under Espresso Martini.

Hear an excerpt from the show here…

(Running time: 13 minutes 10 seconds)

Espresso Martini

50ml Ketel One vodka
15ml Kahlua
10ml sugar syrup
35ml hot espresso coffee
3 coffee beans to garnish

Shake ingredients together vigorously over ice. Pour into a Martini glass and garnish with the three coffee beans.