The Breakfast Martini was invented by Salvatore Calabrese, currently at Salvatore’s in London’s Playboy Club. He created it in 2000 at the Library Bar of the Lanesborough Hotel, though there was an earlier similar drink, the Marmalade Cocktail, invented in the 1920s by Harry Craddock. Calabrese came up with the drink after his wife insisted he eat a ‘proper’ breakfast in place of his usual coffee, a breakfast that included toast and marmalade. The taste inspired him.
50 ml gin (maybe two shots of Bombay Saphire), plus 15ml Cointreau, then 15ml fresh lemon juice, and finally 1 spoon of orange marmalade, thinly sliced
Mix all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake for rather longer than normal to break down the marmalade. Strain into a chilled martini glass, then shred some orange peel on the top of the glass as a garnish. Mmmm. Delicious!
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