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Weekend Drinks & Cocktails - Espresso Martini

This week, we spent time on the Gold Coast attending an industry conference and staying at Q1 Resort & Spa in the heart of Surfers Paradise.  I must confess, Gold Coast hasn’t previously been my go-to destination, despite its close proximity from Brisbane.  I’ve seen the destination with fresh eyes this week and I was mighty impressed!  Waking early each morning to walk along the beach at sunrise was an invigorating way to start the day.  The Surfers Paradise Foreshore redevelopment is nothing short of spectacular and the city is preparing itself ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2018 in style.

The dining scene is on the improve too and we had a fabulous night at Black Coffee Lyrics, just a short walk from Q1.  With its unassuming location (upstairs of an arcade) the fit-out is super cool with dark bricks and retro style giving it an underground feel. The food, service and atmosphere were exceptional, however the real standout was the Espresso Martini, at happy hour prices no less!

Black Coffee Lyrics takes its own twist on a classic, made with a double shot of freshly ground espresso, kettle one vodka and Black Coffee Lyrics coffee liqueur made from lyrics blend coffee and distilled in Mount Tamborine.

Add Black Coffee Lyrics to your must-dine list on the Gold Coast and in the meantime, here’s a quick recipe to enjoy an Espresso Martini at home:


Espresso Martini

50ml vodka

35ml coffee liqueur

25ml (1 shot) espresso coffee



Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso into a cocktail shaker. Fill a martini glass with ice to chill and then fill the cocktail shaker with ice as well. Shake well. Remove ice from martini glass and pour.

Our review of Q1 Resort & Spa is coming soon, for behind the scenes pics and our divine Espresso Martini at Black Coffee Lyrics follow alluxia on Instagram.

The Gold Coast is a great destination for a family holiday or girls' getaway.

Image credit: Jamie Oliver

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