The Breakfast Martini might sound like an oxymoron but this modern classic isn’t just reserved for the morning.
This dry and balanced, citrusy gin drink is a great addition to a gin based menu or a fantastic inclusion for those planning a brunch time bar hire.
The Breakfast Martini is a gorgeous gin sour sweetened with marmalade, a perfect option for gin enthusiasts looking to try something a little more unusual than the average gin classic, but still packed with flavour and sophistication.
This gin drink is short and strong so if you’re featuring it on your menu you may want to include some longer, lighter options like a Tom Collins or a South Side Fizz: a gin sour flavoured with mint and topped with soda to make a long refreshing springtime drink.
If you want to serve a brunch inspired menu at your bar hire The Breakfast Martini is a great choice and would go fantastically alongside other brunch Classics like the Mimosa; a mixture of fresh orange juice and champagne, or even a Bloody Mary or other Snapper cocktails.
If you’re interested in serving the Breakfast Martini as part of your cocktail menu and want to know more about what drinks might pair well with it, be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options or check out some other gin based, Martini-style and sour-style cocktails from our list.
The drink was created at the Lanesborough Hotel in 2000 by Salvatore Calabrese.
The structure of the drink is similar to a White Lady without the egg-whites. A Marmalade Martini appears in Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book, though similar in construction, Craddock didn’t use triple sec in his version. Calabrese maintains the inspiration for his drink came solely from his marmalade breakfast.
Myths & Legends
The story of the Breakfast Martini’s creation unsurprisingly started at breakfast.
Being what he calls typically Italian, Salvatore’s breakfast would usually consist of a shot of espresso before leaving for work. One morning his wife forced him to eat something, claiming he looked more tired than usual, she made him marmalade on toast. He went to work that day with the idea of using the ingredients in a drink.
Speaking to Punch.com, Calabrese recounts how he invented the drink.
“Bartender Salvatore Calabrese created the drink at the Lanesborough, a posh hotel in Mayfair. “I’m a very typical Italian person,” he said. “The first thing in the morning, all I can do is an espresso. I’m like a zombie.” He said his wife made him eat marmalade. The bitter, tangy flavor intrigued him, leading him to create the cocktail.”
Ingredients & Equipment
Tanqueray 10 is the gin that Salvatore used when he created the Breakfast Martini, and it stands the test of time. Full of grapefruit citrus, it’s the perfect partner to the tangy, bitter marmalade.
- 35ml Gin
- 15ml Triple Sec
- 25ml Lemon Juice
- 1-2 Spoonfuls of Marmalade
- Orange twist to garnish
- Bar Spoon
- Mexican Elbow
- Hawthorne Strainer
- Fine Strainer
- Martini Glass
- Cubed Ice
- Chill your Martini glass in the freezer or fill it with ice
- Take your Boston glass or small tin
- Using your jigger to measure, add the gin and triple sec to the shaker
- Using your Mexican elbow and your jigger to measure, squeeze 25ml of lemon juice and add it to the shaker
- Using your bar spoon, add one or two spoonfuls of marmalade to the shaker
- Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal with Boston tin or lid
- Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold
- Remove your glass from the freezer or empty of ice if necessary
- Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer double strain the cocktail into your chilled Martini glass
- Garnish with an orange twist
- Serve and enjoy!
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Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.