There’s no better way to start off Christmas morning celebrations than with a marmalade gin martini!  The classic Breakfast Martini was created by the award winning Italian bartender Salvatore Calabrese 40 years ago. Since then, he and many others have created many iterations on this cocktail with jams and marmalades.  We were a little dubious at first but will happily be adding this to our go-to cocktail list from now on.

The success or failure of this cocktail is down to the quality of the marmalade used (we used Bonne Maman Bitter Orange) so make sure to use a good quality marmalade.  Use a 7oz (20cl) martini glass and have chosen Mr Hobbs Gin for this martini. Prepare to be addicted!

What You’ll Need for your Marmalade Gin Martini (makes 1)

50ml Mr Hobbs Gin
15ml Grand Marnier / Cointreau (we used Grand Mariner as it is a delicious orange digestif)
15ml lemon juice
1.5 teaspoons good quality marmalade (chop well if using peel)
Ice cubes
Orange peel to garnish
A cocktail shaker


  1. Pour the gin & marmalade in the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until the marmalade has dissolved.
  2. Add the orange liqueur, lemon juice and ice. Shake to mix.
  3. Strain and pour into a martini glass (served without the ice)

To create a bit of theatre we added a sugar coating to the glass (not technically called for with this cocktail but we can set our own rules). To do this just rub a wedge of lemon around the rim of the glass and then place upside down in a plate of sugar. Hey presto, it sticks and remains in tact whilst drinking (plus it gives an extra sweet taste).

If you liked this you might like our other gin recipes: Winter Cranberry Gin, Elderflower Gin Fizz and Gin & Tonic Granita