The Story Behind The Rye for Breakfast Martini

Martinis are often debated. Gin or vodka? But this recipe throws classic cocktail definitions — and clear spirits — to the wind. I use rye bread for breakfast, and I use rye in my morning Martini.

Good rye whiskey is one of my favorite foundations for cocktails, as it contributes spice and warmth. With a minimalist base, this cocktail can be as versatile as you’ll allow it. Sub in a favored fruit for the jam or marmalade, swap rye whiskey for bourbon — try whatever it takes to make it yours. Each time you experiment, you can create a whole new cocktail, and that’s part of the fun. If you’re not having fun, what’s the point?


  • 1 ½ ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce blackberry jam
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake for approximately 30 seconds to chill and combine.
  3. Double strain into a Nick & Nora glass.
  4. Garnish with a blackberry.

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Updated: 2020-02-17

The Rye for Breakfast Martini Recipe