Drink shot of Breakfast martini at Salvatore, Maison Eight, 21/F, 8 Observatory Road Tsim Sha Tsui. 03JUN16   SCMP/Edmond So  [10JUNE2016 FEATURES BAR REVIEW] (Photo by Edmond So/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)
Food - Drink
The Jammy '90s Martini That Turned Breakfast Into A Party
When it comes to brunch cocktails, mimosas and Bloody Marys usually steal the show, but a lesser-known and even more fitting drink is the Breakfast Martini. Invented in the ‘90s by Italian bartender Salvatore Calabrese, this delectable cocktail was inspired by his wife’s recommendation of orange marmalade on toast for breakfast.
Calabrese, who was normally not a morning person at all, took a liking to the orange marmalade and decided to make a cocktail incorporating the citrusy preserves. To make a Breakfast Martini, orange marmalade and fresh lemon juice are combined with gin and triple sec, then served in a martini glass and garnished with shaved orange peel.
Before the Breakfast Martini, preserves weren't really used in cocktails, which built hype for this delicious drink and paved the way for other jammy creations. When making this drink, the end result is only as good as the marmalade you use, so opt for flavorful ‘fine cut’ or ‘no peel’ jar to keep big chunks of orange zest out of your glass.