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Friday 20 April 2012

The Boy and His Poison: The Breakfast Martini

I'm not advocating drinking in the mornings, but there are certain times that simply necessitate it. Birthdays, crippling hangovers that morning TV and a cup of tea don't cure and an early lunch with the in-laws are all acceptable reasons for morning lubrication. That said, even I know drinking pre-noon on an empty stomach is a bit of a reckless move and one must tread carefully. This cocktail is the perfect solution, a Breakfast Martini… a delicious citrus sharpener with a side of well done toast.

A little like a 1920s Marmalade Cocktail, I 'borrowed' the garnish idea from when I had it at London's Paramount Bar. Between the smell of the toast, and the punch of the marmalade flavour it's a totally respectable replacement for your usual bowl of cornflakes, and I'm sure it could even count as one of your five-a-day.

You'll need:
  • 50ml gin
  • 12ml (1/2 a shot) Cointreau
  • 12ml (1/2 a shot) lemon juice
  • 1tsp (generous) of good quality marmalade
  • toast
Then shake
  • Add all the ingridients to a shaker
  • Stir until the marmalade has fully dissolved 
  • Add some ice to the shaker and shake for 10-15 seconds
  • Strain into a coupe glass
  • Garnish with a small piece of well-done (almost burnt) toast


  1. Woah. You're such an enabler, Nick.

  2. You mean there are people that turn up to morning family-engagements sober?


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