The Breakfast Martini

I like a Martini at the best of times but even I must admit that one early in the morning is ridiculous. That being said, this Breakfast Martini is not really designed as a morning drink, it still has plenty of poke. It is just the use of marmalade that ties it more to breakfast than the time to partake. Although, to be fair, I’m game for either.

Created in the late 1990s by Salvatore Calabrese at the Library Bar, London. It is very similar to the ‘Marmalade Cocktail’ created in the 1920s by Harry Craddock and published in his 1930 ‘The Savoy Cocktail Book’ or you could describe this as a White Lady with Marmalade in it.

Salvatore came up with the idea for this drink after his wife insisted he have breakfast one morning and served up toast and marmalade. He took the jar to work with him and this classic contemporary was created. This drink was the inspiration for the many variations on the preserve (jam/marmalade) theme that have followed in the decades since Salvatore stopped for ‘proper’ breakfast instead of his usual swift espresso.

Stir the marmalade into the gin in the bottom of a shaker until it dissolves. Pour in the other ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with a twist of orange and a small slice of toast on the rim.

You will need:
1 spoon Orange Marmalade
2 shots Tanqueray London Dry gin
½ shot Cointreau triple sec
½ shot freshly squeezed lemon juice
Orange twist and small piece of toast.