The signature cocktail of celebrated bartender Salvatore Calabrese, The Maestro, the Breakfast Martini is a modern classic.
One morning in 1996 while enjoying his toast and marmalade at breakfast it struck him that marmalade would make a delicious addition to a cocktail. At the time he was working at the Library Bar at the Lanesborough Hotel in London.
The Breakfast Martini is in good company. Harry Craddock’s 1930, The Savoy Cocktail Book also mentions a marmalade cocktail. And Salvatore has inspired other bartenders to create their own sweet concoctions based on preserves.
The Breakfast Martini is a sweet cocktail with a sharp edge from the lemon. Utterly delectable and good at any time of the day.
Beefeater is a good gin to use as it has a fruity flavour without being dominant and remaining true to its juniper roots.
50ml London Dry Gin
15ml fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 bar spoon of orange marmalade
Shake all the ingredients together.
Add ice to the shaker and shake again.
Strain into a Martini glass.
Garnish with shredded orange peel and a triangle of toast if you want to impress.