Breakfast Martini - Photo credit: Amy Traynor
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Breakfast Martini

A modern classic ~ the signature cocktail of celebrated bartender Salvatore Calabrese, The Maestro



One morning in 1996 while enjoying his toast and marmalade at breakfast it struck Salvatore Calabrese 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.





  • 50ml / 1.66oz London Dry Gin
  • 15ml / 0.5oz triple sec
  • 15ml / 0.5oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5ml / 1 bar spoon of orange marmalade


Tip: Beefeater is a good gin to use as it has a fruity flavour without being dominant and remaining true to its juniper roots.

  1. Shake all the ingredients together.
  2. Add ice to the shaker and shake again.
  3. Hawthorne strain into a martini glass.



A twist of orange peel and a triangle of toast if you want to impress!



Photo credit goes to Amy Traynor, the creator of many of the photos in my book How to Drink Gin. Discover Amy’s photography through social media @moodymixologist or click here for her website.



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