Friday Cocktail: The Breakfast Martini

Breakfast and martinis? I know, this sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, but stay with me because I promise it’s worth it.

I’d heard of this recipe a while ago, and had completely forgotten about it until recently when Cameron and I were at one of our favourite cocktail bars (The Portobello Star) when I saw it at the back of their drink menu and decided to finally give it a try.

One of my favourite things to use in cocktails in jam because it’s such a fantastic shortcut. I’ve posted several cocktail using it as a shortcut (including the clover club and the cherry old fashioned), but when I was doing a bit of research around the Breakfast Martini I found out one of the creator’s (Salvatore Calabrese) was similarly inspired– there’s an earlier version of this drink that appears in the Savoy cocktail book.

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Here is the recipe for Calabrese’s version, which I’ve amended slightly:

Ingredients

• 1 tsp orange marmalade (thinly sliced is best)

• 2oz gin

• 1 tbs leon juice

• 1/2 oz cointreau

Directions

  1. Add marmalade and gin in the base of a cocktail shaker
  2. Add lemon, cointreau, and ice, then shake thoroughly to combine
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange wheel (or with a small piece of toast for effect)

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I love the combination of citrus and gin, and this is an especially lovely one. While the original recipe calls for triple sec, you could also use cointreau like I did,  as either will produce a similar result. The lemon is nice because it cuts through the sweetness and makes for a well-balanced drink.

While I certainly don’t recommend these for actual breakfast,  brunch with friends may be another story. But even at a more normal cocktail hour these are just as good.

Cheers!

 

 

 

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