Breakfast Martini

A breakfast martini is made with just a few ingredients—marmalade, lemon juice, cointreau, and gin—and oh, what a way to start a weekend day!

A breakfast martini with orange zest next to a plate with buttered toast and marmalade, a pair of reading glasses, and a newspaper.

The boozy breakfast martini takes its name less from the time of day at which it may or may not be appropriate to consume it and more for the soupçon of marmalade that smooths the edges of its other ingredients—namely gin and Cointreau. It was created by Salvatore Calabrese and supposedly inspired by his wife’s morning repast of toast and jam taken at the bar. As for how well the cocktail pairs with marmalade-slathered toast, we’ll let you come to your own conclusion. Originally published December 30, 2016.Renee Schettler Rossi

Breakfast Martini

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5/5 - 3 reviews
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Special Equipment: Cocktail shaker (or a Mason jar with a lid)



Shake the gin, lemon juice, Cointreau, and marmalade in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the orange twist.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

Oh, what a way to start a weekend day! I used Brokers Gin and some orange marmalade that a friend made for this breakfast martini. The marmalade and Cointreau go so well with the gin. And the lemon adds just a hint of tartness to offset the bittersweet marmalade. Easy and quick to make. This could easily become my Sunday morning "orange juice."

Delicious! After his first sip, my husband said "This is tasty! Is there more?" The flavor of the gin and Cointreau paired perfectly with the lemon juice and marmalade. The marmalade gave just the right amount of sweetness to balance the tart lemon juice and blended nicely with the alcohol. This breakfast martini would be a great addition to breakfast, brunch, or any other time of day. I ended up making 3 martinis total. The first one we shared. Then it was decided we each needed our own.


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  1. 5 stars
    We didn’t have this for breakfast and didn’t serve it with toast but we did make Breakfast Pizza and enjoyed it all for Happy Hour Dinner – my favorite meal. I had a tidbit of trouble getting the marmalade to incorporate even after reading one of the tester’s suggestions. I found warming the marmalade briefly in the microwave to melt it yielded great results. This is a citrusy cocktail for any time of the day and found a home in our Drink Recipe Files.

  2. Organized my cold cellar pantry to rotate and look for meal inspiration. Found my last jar of last year’s Seville orange marmalade and as I hadn’t made any this year I promised myself to use this last bit in something extra special and memorable… not even 24 hours later, I came by this recipe… I read it while contemplating spending the day in bed, after reading my requisite Covid-19 work emails… my plans immediately changed! I was in the kitchen 15 minutes later making this cocktail… Used my Azorean “Rocha Negra” gin and as I didn’t have Cointreau, I used Grand Marnier. Garnished with candied kumquats as these are one of my pantry staples this time of year… Cheers! … getting my vitamin C, D, E,…& F the darkness around us!

    1. What a bright way to start a day, Ilda! Thanks for sharing your photo, after looking at that we all may be raiding our pantry.

  3. Truth be told, I actually had this at lunch time rather than breakfast. It’s a strong drink. (I’m a lightweight. I would have been useless for the rest of the day had I consumed it at breakfast!) However, it’s a goooood drink. Definitely should be drunk with food—substantive food at that. I had it with cinnamon rolls which was was a lovely pairing.

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