Breakfast Martini

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Ingredients

Barware

Flavour Profile

Gentle
Boozy
Sweet
Sour

Nutrition

146 calories

Styles & Flavours

Breakfast Martini image

Serve in

Martini glass

Garnish:

Orange zest twist & slice of toast on rim

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.

1 spoon Orange marmalade
1 2/3 fl oz Rutte Dry Gin
1/2 fl oz Triple sec liqueur (40%)
1/2 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
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Review:

The success or failure of this tangy drink is partly reliant on the quality of marmalade used. For ease of use, choose "fine cut" or even "no peel"/"shredless" orange marmalade.

History:

Not strictly a Martini, merely served in a V-shaped Martini glass, this now world-famous cocktail 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.

Many bartenders have been inspired by Salvatore's creation. Popular variations on his Breakfast Martini are listed on our Breakfast Martini cocktail page.

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