This is basically a White Lady infused with marmalade, and was created by the President of the UK Bartender’s Guild in 1996. Even though it may sound a bit strange, it’s really very good!
You want to use a marmalade that doesn’t have big chunks of citrus rind. Find a good quality brand or homemade variety where the oranges are thinly sliced. The strainer will keep the pieces out of your glass, but the flavour will be more intense with a finer grind.
Perhaps surprisingly, there are several other cocktails which use jam to sweeten the mix and you can substitute jam for sugar syrup in most recipes. Always shake your cocktail however, even if the recipe calls for it to be stirred, because you’ll want to strain out any pieces of fruit, peel or seeds. Just dissolve the jam in the alcohol before adding ice to your shaker and experiment with the results.
As a rough guide, strawberries and peaches pair well with Whiskey. Use field berry jam like raspberry or blueberry with Vodka, and stick to citrus marmalades or apricot jam for Gin.
Any kind of jam goes great with your breakfast beer as long as you throw in a couple of pieces of toast.
Here’s how you make a Breakfast Martini:
- Put a teaspoon of marmalade into the bottom of an empty cocktail shaker
- Add Gin
- Stir with a cocktail spoon until the marmalade is completely dissolved
- Fill the shaker with ice
- Add the Cointreau and lemon juice
- Shake vigorously
- Strain into a chilled Martini glass
- Garnish with a twist of lemon