How to make:
STIR marmalade with gin in base of shaker until it dissolves. Add other ingredients, SHAKE with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.
Orange zest twist & slice of toast on rim
The success or failure of this tangy drink is partly reliant on the quality of marmalade used.
This now world famous drink was created in 1996 by bartender, raconteur and long term President of the United Kingdom Bartender’s Guild, Salvatore Calabrese.
Being of proud Italian descent, Salvatore usually has little more than a swift espresso for breakfast. However, one morning, Sue his English wife, insisted he sit down for breakfast and served up toast and marmalade. Salvatore came up with the idea for his Breakfast Martini while enjoying the tangy preserve covered toast and took the jar to work with him. Later that day, at London’s Library Bar in the Lanesborough Hotel he perfected his signature cocktail.
Salvatore’s Breakfast Martini has since inspired bartenders around the world to create their own cocktails using preserves such as jam and marmalade. Coincidentally, Harry Craddock’s 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book includes a recipe to a Marmalade Cocktail, very similar to Salvatore’s Breakfast Martini. However, Salvatore says that the inspiration to his drink, which is simply a White Lady with marmalade in it, was the hearty English breakfast and not the classic English bartending book.