Drinks from Down Under

A breakfast martini? Well, OK then.

My wife recently picked up a copy of My Grill by Pete Evans, an Australian chef. The recipes are making me salivate — mixed kabobs with beer damper… Indian-spiced grilled fish in banana leaves… trout with mild mushrooms, proscuitto and garlic. I hope to try some soon, but in the meantime we’ve tried out two of his drinks. His book is divided into chapters, more like themes, like “getting away”, “lazy days” and “into the evening.” And the food and cocktails from fish house punch to the raspberry lemonade mocktail fit the occasion. We tried the breakfast martini, which he uses gin for, and the paloma. The latter drink we barely altered. He calls for a bit of simple syrup, or sugar syrup as he calls it. Since we were using a store-bought 100 percent juice and not squeezing our own, we figured it was sweet enough. Here are the two recipes, with our adaptations.

Oh the wonders of tequila

The Paloma

  • 7 ounces tequila
  • 7 ounces pink grapefruit juice
  • juice from two limes
  • 2 ounces club soda

Put ingredients in a pitcher with ice and stir. Pour into highballs. Serves four.

Before moving onto, the Breakfast Martini, let me just say we really mucked about with this one. Not only does it call for gin, but some lemon juice and simple syrup. Instead, we used limoncello, to which we’re partial, fresh orange juice and of course vodka. Also, so the yummy marmalade bits didn’t get lost in the shaker, we put half of the marmalade in the glass and half in the shaker.

The Breakfast Martini

  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces limoncello
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 2 tbsp marmalade
  • juice from one orange

Divide one tablespoon of marmalade between two martini glasses. In a shaker with ice combine remaining marmalade, liquors and juice. Shake, and if you’re an American, say something like crikey that smells good and giggle. Pour in prepared glasses and garnish with orange slices.

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51 Responses to Drinks from Down Under

  1. nrhatch says:

    They. Look. Awesome.

  2. joshuafagans says:

    I’m a huge fan of the Paloma. Very refreshing, more south of the border than down under though. My understanding is that it is more Mexican than the Margarita. Definitely worth a try for any who have not!

  3. rutheh says:

    I can’t believe I just gave away my shaker!! Uh-oh. Maybe I could invite them back as a guest and shake up your recipe for us both.

  4. egg me on says:

    Paloma is a great drink for summer! I haven’t had one in a while — I think you’ve inspired me.

  5. ChefMom says:

    That breakfast martini looks heavenly! I still have a few martini glasses that haven’t broke yet, so I think I just may put them to good use. The rest of the martini glasses broke recently when I was cleaning. Sigh. That’s what I get for trying to clean the house. Maybe the next time I get the urge to clean the house, I’ll make this martini instead.

  6. Not sure what would happen to the rest of my day if I start it with a breakfast martini. Both cocktails sounds scrumptious. :-) Mandy

  7. Charles says:

    Mm, so refreshing – definitely something to save for the weekend! Not sure how much of a good idea it would be for something like thin right before driving to work ;)

  8. I bought some martini glasses and we filled them for a cocktail and found we were on the floor pretty quickly because of how much we had drunk. Then I looked at the box and saw that it said “Martini style dessert dishes” :) Love the sound of both of them, and “crikey” breakfast cocktails, “what a simply marvellous notion”…that was my Noel Coward voice by the way!

  9. I nearly stopped reading at breakfast martini! Gotta get me one of those!

  10. The Paloma I have never tried, however we add club soda or sparkling water to my kids juices all the time instead of giving them soda pop. Next time when I have grapefruit juice and clubsoda on hand, I’ll sneak in some vodka for me and the mister!
    The breakfast martini sounds delicious, I love lemoncello and I bet the marmelade really gives it an extra kick sweetness too! Great now i’m thirsty for one of these drinks and it’s only 7am! lol

  11. spicegirlfla says:

    I’m up for that breakfast martini. How cool is that to add marmalade! Was the drink then strained or was it served with the bits of marmalade? I think I’d enjoy it either way.

  12. Maureen says:

    The breakfast martini?? How have I missed out on this one??? I’ve never had damper made from beer either. I must be living in the wrong place. :)

  13. Kelly says:

    That does sound like a rather awesome cookbook – love the themed chapters too – very clever. Vodka is off my list but I’m totally excited about a new way to serve up tequila!!

  14. I don’t know if I can handle vodka for breakfast, but I love the idea of putting marmalade in a martini. I might give this a go on a Sunday morning when I know I can go back to bed after having this!

  15. gisellecagli says:

    I need to get that Breakfast Martini to give a kick start to my Summer!!!! Utterly amazing!

  16. I love the idea of a breakfast martini! I wonder if I could convince my boss it’s a good idea… :)

  17. ....RaeDi says:

    Wonderful, they look incredible and sound it too….RaeDi

  18. Love those drinks, but I’m excited to see the Indian-spiced grilled fish in banana leaves!

  19. Caroline says:

    Who could say no to a breakfast martini? OK, well, maybe not before 10 a.m.? Both of these drinks sound delicious and refreshing. I particularly like the one with limoncello. :)

  20. I have to admit, I adore Katherine’s taste. Another party recipe for my drinking friends.. I’m really getting some great stuff from this blog :)

  21. Kelly Anne says:

    Brilliant Aussie drinks!

  22. JamieAnne says:

    a Boozie breakfast. Brilliant. :)

  23. SimpleP says:

    I love that you post recipes using ingredients that I have lying around the the house but never know what to do with. Bringing out the limoncello!

  24. Both of these drinks sound spectacular. Marmalade in a martini? Intriguing.

  25. Crikey that smells good! Teehee! I must try these.. especially the breakfast martini.

  26. I quite like a lot of Pete Evans recipes. I like the sounds of the breakfast martini, although cancel the rest of the day if I start with that. Limoncello is always a good thing…. ever had crema di limoncello?

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  28. perfect for summer. so bright and sunshiny!

  29. Sissi says:

    Hi, this is my first visit on your blog and after a quick walk around your posts I must say I am very happy to find such a great source of cocktail recipes. Not to mention the food of course!
    Thank you for giving me the idea of what to do with the bottle of limoncello I really hate (I was offered it since everyone thinks all the women love sweet alcohol…). It will be perfect in your Breakfast Martini!
    I have also once made Paloma with fresh juice and was very proud of my slight modification… Apparently I am not the only one :-)

  30. I love Pete Evans! I kinda have an obsession with a lot of Aussie chefs, Matt Moran, Pete Evans, Neil Perry, Adriano Zumbo, Donna Hay, Peter Gilmore.. I could go on, but I won’t. These drinks look fantastic and a must try for me, thanks for sharing!

  31. Sissi says:

    I have forgotten to say I made the Breakfast Martini last night (since I saw it in the afternoon I couldn’t stop thinking about it..). It’s quite strong and fantastic! (Although I added some lemon juice, it was too sweet for my sour drinks habit). I loved it. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  32. Yuri says:

    My favorite part of being on vacation is having some sort of cocktail with breakfast or brunch… mimosas, bellinis and now breakfast martinis. Love the paloma just for that cute pink color! Cheers :D

  33. Any drink with grapefruit juice is good by me. They look delicious!

  34. Jessica says:

    I’ll have to check out that book due to my obsession with that part of the world (or rather, next to it). ;) This sounds like an awesome tasty beverage!

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