Recipe: Breakfast Martini Crepes

Crepe Suzette is a great retro dish – I still associate it with cookery programmes and flash dinners on the TV. A big silver salver at the table side, skilfully applied booze and fire. And it could of course be a great choice for pancake day. Who doesn’t love a boozey dessert?  

But it can feel a little heavy – butter, sugar, and liqueur. And I’m not sure about you but I’m not going to start flambe-ing things in the kitchen. Just in case. 

So I fancied something a little lighter, and a little less… flamey. So I looked for a little inspiration. Something citrussy, and, as gin is my thing, I went to a favourite cocktail for the inspiration, the Breakfast Martini. 

The Breakfast Martini is a gin cocktail that uses lemon juice, marmalade, triple sec and gin, to create a drink that is a balance of sweet, citrus, bitter and boozy. I’ve taken out the lemon juice and swapped it for orange, to soften the bitterness a little. The result is rather delicious.

A citrus heavy gin like Persie Zesty Citrus Gin will work well, or go juniper heavy with a good London Dry like those from Tanqueray, Sipsmith or Bimber

So, rather than going for sugar and lemon, Nutella or cheese and ham, why not go a little grown-up this pancake day?


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