Espresso martinis are back. Here’s why they’re popular again

Millburn Standard has had to double its order of espresso beans to keep up with demand.

Not to make espresso. To make espresso martinis.

Yes, the simple cocktail — popular in the ’90s, made of one part vodka, one part espresso, a splash of coffee liqueur and simple syrup, garnished with espresso beans — is making a big comeback.

Jason Turon, a partner at Millburn Standard and the beverage director, said he first noticed the uptick in orders of this heady, bitter drink during summer, and it’s only gained popularity since.

An espresso martini at Millburn Standard in Millburn, NJ on Thursday October 28, 2021.

Why? Some Internet sleuthing has revealed a picture of odd couple Timothée Chalamet and Larry David drinking espresso martinis together in New York after the Met Gala in September. Was the combined power of the young superstar and the veteran comedian enough to launch a thousand espresso martinis?

Probably not. But fashion’s turn toward mom jeans, plaid miniskirts and denim overalls might be. The ‘90s are back — in clothing and, apparently, bars.

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