The Frukostini (the Swedish breakfast martini)

The classic martini will always be my favourite, but of the non-classics, I think this is definitely one of the tastiest (even if it looks slightly alarming).

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The breakfast martini was invented by Salvatore Calabrese in the Lanesborough hotel in London. It involves gin, marmalade, lemon juice and Cointreau or Triple Sec. However, I’ve had some lingonberry jam in my fridge from my last Ikea trip which I thought might make a nice substitute for the marmalade. My imagination went from there.
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I muddled two teaspoons of jam with a laaaaaarge measure of gin (let’s say 3-4 measures). I then poured it into a frozen martini glass and topped up with some wild berry Swedish Rekorderlig cider.

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I dubbed this concoction of Swedish jam, British gin and Swedish cider the Swedish breakfast martini, or… more aptly, the Frukostini (frukost is the Swedish word for breakfast).

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To garnish, I made some toast, cut out a triangle, made a small slit with a knife, and spread on some of the jam.

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And then I drank it. And it was good.

Of course, it doesn’t need to be breakfast time when you drink these…

It reminds me just a little bit of Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development.

“Get me a vodka rocks.”
“Mom, it’s breakfast.”
“And a piece of toast.”

My favourite Arrested Development character.

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Skål!

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Peartini

I’ve posted about this before but I’m going to do it again as I changed the garnish and the company.

The peartini is very easy. My rough recipe is as follows:

1 part vermouth
2.5 parts gin
3 parts pear juice from a tin
Garnish with one or two pear slices

And adjust the measurements to taste. It’s not really set in stone.

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It’s sweet and not as strong as a full martini, so it’s a nice after dinner drink instead of a dessert (some people might think that sacrilegious which I accept – I don’t eat many desserts).

For the garnish, slice the pear to shape, then cut a small insertion in the thick end so that it can fit onto the glass.

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And there you go.

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All you need now is some company.

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Lychee martini

I learnt this one from a Singaporean lady. My version is very simple. Roughly half of the martini glass should be either gin or vodka, maybe with a dash of vermouth, while the rest should be topped up with the juice from a tin of lychees. Stir the drink then garnish with one or two lychees on a toothpick. It’s very easy to make and not as strong as a standard martini.

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