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"I hoped this would be solid. It was about 10x better than I ever expected." 
Steve Bramucci - Uproxx
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Mario's

Hard Espresso

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The Story

The fine specimen in the photo?  That's my father,  Mario. That killer physique?  That's from hard work... “farm-ripped" as we like to say.

Mario worked hard - loved hard - and lived a life overflowing with family and friends.  And each Christmas,  using a secret Sicilian family recipe and a lot of love, he would make up a small batch of his famous hard espresso as a special gift.  If you were lucky enough to get one, you cherished that bottle as long as you could knowing it would be a whole year until you got a shot at another.

Every bottle we make contains Mario's secret recipe...  handcrafted with the same love and care he put into every one of his. And just like my dad's original,  it's delicious... crazy delicious if I do say so myself.

 
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So from Mario's family to yours,  we invite you to live hard - love hard – and cherish every moment with family and friends. And having a bottle of MARIO’S HARD ESPRESSO on hand helps make it all a little sweeter.

Pensa Salute' - Joseph Grasso

 
 
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MARIO'S cocktails

Super simple, but super specific makes Mario’s Crazy Delicious.

 

We handcraft every bottle of Mario’s Hard Espresso starting with Triple-Distilled, 200-proof Grain Neutral Spirit. It’s pure and super smooth and imparts no alcohol flavor, like what happens in other coffee liqueurs made with a lower proof vodka, tequila or rum. This allows the rich, delicious flavors of the 100% Arabica Dark Roast Italian Espresso, Organic Madagascar Vanilla and a touch of Cane Sugar to blend beautifully and really come through. It’s also what makes Mario’s so incredibly versatile as a delicious addition to traditional cocktails made with whiskey, bourbon, rum, mezcal, vodka and tequila. Cheers!

The Godfather

1 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

2 OZ BLENDED SCOTCH OR BOURBON

.25 OZ AMARETTO

 

Stir in ice until chilled, strain over rocks.

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

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Orange coco martini

1 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

1.5 OZ GIN

.5 OZ CONTREAU

2 DASHES ORANGE BITTERS

2 DASHES MEICAN CHOCOLATE BITTERS

3 CLOVES

 

Shake hard over ice. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with shaved dark chocolate and orange zest.

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Oaxacan Wake-up

1 OZ  MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

.5 OZ LIME JUICE

1.5 OZ MEZCAL

2 DASHES HABANERO BITTERS OR FIRE TINCTURE

 

Shake hard over ice. Strain over ice into a Tajin or chili rimmed glass. Add a mint sprig for garnish.

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The Espresso-Infused Black Manhattan

1 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

2 OZ RYE WHISKEY 

1 DASH ORANGE BITTERS

1 DASH ANGOSTURA BITTERS

 

Stir over ice to chill. Strain into a coupe.

Garnish with brandied cherry.

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Whiskey hard-tini

1 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

1.5 OZ SUNTORY TOKI WHISKEY OR OTHER LIGHT WHISKEY

.25 OZ SIMPLE SYRUP (TO CREATE THE HEAD) 

 

Shake hard over ice. Double strain to separate any ice chips into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a mint leaf. 

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Classic Espresso Martini

1.5 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

1.5 OZ PREMIUM VODKA

.25 OZ SIMPLE SYRUP (OPTIONAL FOR NICELY FOAMED HEAD) 

 

Shake vigorously over ice. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with coffee Beans.

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Simple Cinnamon Espresso Martini

1.5 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

1.5 OZ PREMIUM VODKA

.5 OZ CINNAMON SYRUP

1/2 EGG WHITE (FOR TEXTURE; MAY BE OMITTED) 

 

Shake or stir over ice. Strain into Martini Glass. Garnish with sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Tom Sandoval – Tom Tom – Espresso Martini

1 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

1.5 OZ TOM'S GOOD LOVIN WHISKEY 

.5 OZ AMARO NONINO

3 DASHES BLACK WALNUT BITTERS

 

Shake over Ice. Strain into Martini Glass. Shave white chocolate over top. Garnish with Lemon or Orange Zest.

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Bossa Nova Espresso Martini

1 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

1.5 OZ PREMIUM VODKA

.5 OZ LICOR 43 HORCHATA LIQUEUR

1 SHOT ESPRESSO OR BLACK COFFEE

 

Shake well. Serve in a cold Martini Glass.

The Mario’s Heavy Lift

1.5 OZ Mario’s Hard Espresso

1.5 OZ Basil Hayden Kentucky Bourbon

1 OZ Guinness Extra Stout

1 Egg White

 

Mix Mario’s, Basil Hayden and egg white into shaker with ice and shake vigorously to foam and chill. Strain into glass allowing the egg to foam. Add Guinness quickly to glass to add foam and richness. Garnish as desired.

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Mario’s Bacon-Brunch Beauty

2 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO OVER ICE

1 STRIP BACON

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Mario’s Adult-Affogato

2 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO OVER GELATO, OR PREMIUM ICE CREAM 

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Espresso Rum-Tiki Old Fashioned

1 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO 

1 OZ BUMBO RUM

1 OZ AVERNA BITTERS

3 DASHES CHOCOLATE BITTERS

2 LUXARDO CHERRIES

 

Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and stir until chilled. Pour in tumbler over large ice cube. Garnish with cherries.

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Espresso Boulevardier

3/4 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

3/4 OZ PREMIUM RYE WHISKEY

3/4 OZ CAMPARI

1/2 OZ SWEET VERMOUTH

TWIST OF ORANGE PEEL FOR GARNISH

 

Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and stir until chilled. Pour into coupe and garnish with twist of orange peel.

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Espresso Negroni ala Bossa Nova

3/4 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

3/4 OZ PRESMIUM GIN

3/4 OZ CAMPARI

1/2 OZ SWEET VERMOUTH

1/4 OZ ALMA TEPEC CHILE PASILLA MIXE

3 DASHES ORANGE BITTERS

ORANGE PEEL FOR GARNISH

 

Stir in a shaker with ice until chilled. Pour in tumbler over large ice cube. Garnish with orange peel.

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Mario’s Bahama Mama

1 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

1 OZ Premium Light Rum

1 OZ Coconut Rum

1/2 OZ Spiced Rum

1 OZ Orange Juice

1/2 OZ Lemon Juice

 

Stir in a shaker with ice until chilled. Pour over ice in favorite Tiki Glass and garnish with orange slice.

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Espresso HighBall

1 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

1 OZ PREMIUM WHISKEY OR BOURBON

4 OZ PREMIUM CLUB SODA

 

Add the Mario’s and Whiskey to Highball glass with ice. Top with Club Soda. Stir gently to mix.

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THE REVOLVER

3/4 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

2 OZ BOURBON WHISKEY

2 DASHES ORANGE BITTERS

 

Pour over a large ice cube and stir to chill. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

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Espresso Negroni - Tradizionale

1 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

1 OZ PREMIUM GIN

3/4 OZ CAMPARI

1/2 OZ SWEET VARMOUTH

3 DASHES ORANGE BITTERS

ORANGE PEEL FOR BITTERS

 

Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and stir until chilled. Pour in tumbler over large ice cube. Garnish with orange peel.

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the turf war

1 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

1.5 OZ WHISKEY OR BOURBON

OPTIONAL: 1/4 OZ SIMPLE SYRUP

MINT GARNISH

 

Shake hard over ice to chill, double strain into a coupe. Garnish with a mint leaf.

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king alfonse

2.5 OZ MARIO'S HARD ESPRESSO

1/2 OZ HEAVY CREAM

OPTIONAL: DARK CHOCOLATE

 

Garnish with shaved dark chocolate.

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WHERE TO BUY

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Mario’s HARD ESPRESSO is also served in these fine Bars and restaurants:

EL DORADO HILLS, CA

LAKEFOREST WINES & LIQUORS

The varnish bar

DTLA

bossa nova

DTLA

WEST HOLLYWOOD

BIRDS

FRANKLIN VILLAGE

Bludso's Bar & Q

LOS ANGELES

FINNEY'S CRAFTHOUSE

WESTLAKE VILLAGE

BURBANK

PORTER RANCH

VENTURA

SANTA BARBARA

SAN LUIS OBISPO

ORANGE

EL CONDOR

SILVERLAKE

LUCKY'S

MALIBU

LIBERTY CALL DISTILLING

SAN DIEGO

WALLY'S WINE AND SPIRITS

SANTA MONICA

BEVERLY HILLS

LAS VEGAS

GRACIAS MADRE'

NEWPORT BEACH

OLEA

NEWPORT BEACH

RAO'S

HOLLYWOOD

BOURBON ROOM

HOLLYWOOD

HARLOWE

WEST HOLLYWOOD

THE BLACK CAT

SILVERLAKE

LAUREL TAVERN

STUDIO CITY

FORMAN'S WHISKEY TAVERN

TOLUCA LAKE

SCHWARTZ & SANDY'S

FRANKLIN VILLAGE

PETE'S BREWHOUSE

ARDEN WAY, SACRAMENTO

INK EATS & DRINKS

SACRAMENTO

THE PARK ULTRA LOUNGE

SACRAMENTO

IRONHORSE TAVERN

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO

FOLSOM

VINOTECA

SACRAMENTO

PUBLIC HOUSE

SACRAMENTO

THE OBSCURE DISTILLERY

DTLA

THE SNAKEPIT WHISKEY BAR

LOS ANGELES

BOTTLE & BARLOW

SACRAMENTO

HILLTOP TAVERN

SACRAMENTO

MIGUEL'S MEXICAN COCINA

CORONA

PARAGON

COSTA MESA

COSTA MESA, CA
 

HI-TIME WINE CELLARS

 
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“Our Staff Names Their Favorite Spirits to Bring to a Holiday Party.”
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press

Uproxx

"Our Staff Names Their Favorite Spirits to Bring to a Holiday Party.” - 12/16/21

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"The expression is a literal distillation of a son’s love for his immigrant dad"

 

"Mario’s Hard Espresso’s flavors are clarified in a way that far exceeds other entries in the genre" 

 

"My bottle was gone in a week — I can’t remember the last time that happened."

 

VARIETY

Tom Sandoval - Signature Espresso Martini - 10/28/21

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"I always get an espresso martini to start off the night, it's just a nice energy boost to get the night started."

 

"Sandoval... uses Mario’s Hard Espresso, a blend of roasted Italian espresso, organic Madagascar vanilla and cane sugar."

 

Voyage - LA Magazine

Conversation with Joseph Grasso - Founder of Mario's Hard Espresso - 3/21/22

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"We launched in Nov. 2021 and the response has been fantastic. Generally when people try it, they love it."

 

"We’ve been seeing bartenders all over LA using Mario's in new ways to create all kinds of amazing craft-cocktails."

 

"...we were determined that if we were going to do this, we had to do it right. We had to honor my Dad and make a product that he would be proud of."

 
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