I'm obsessed with lemon. I love lemon desserts. Lemon-scented soaps. The color yellow. I grow lemon basil, lemon verbena, lemon balm, lemon mint, lemon scented geranium, and any other type of lemony herb I can get my hands on. Lemon is fresh. It's light. It's the perfect flavor, in my totally-lacking-humility opinion.
I am pleased as a peacock to welcome Julia Rachel Barrett to The Martini Club. Julia and I enjoyed a wide array of tasty beverages when I visited her in Napa...including incredible wine and delicious cocktails. She is sharing her favorite cocktail recipe with us today--The Lemon Drop. This one is right up my lemony alley!
While sipping your tart treat, you might want some excellent reading material. May I recommend for your reading pleasure....
❧ Captured -- a fabulous sci fi erotica
❧ My Everything -- a super intense romantic suspense
❧ Pushing Her Boundaries -- a great contemporary based on Julia's harrowing real-life canoe trip
(I also loved Beauty and the Feast, which will be available in May.)
So, let's get to it! Cocktail time......Here's Julia!
I’m not much of a cocktail drinker, but when I’m celebrating something special, my go-to drink is either a Trifecta Lemon Drop from Cole’s Chop House here in Napa, or a down and dirty gin martini with five – count ‘em – five olives.
The Trifecta Lemon Drop -- Ketel One Citroen, Lemoncello, Fresh Meyer Lemon Juice, Sugared Rim
Since the above recipe is a guarded secret, here’s one for the usual, and excellent, Lemon Drop:
1 ½ ounces vodka
½ ounce triple sec
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
4 -5 ice cubes
superfine sugar, for the martini glass rim
Chill martini glasses in freezer for at least 10 minutes prior to serving.
Place Vodka, Triple Sec, lemon juice and sugar into a cocktail shaker with 4-5 ice cubes and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
Run the lemon twist around the edge of the chilled martini glass and dunk in a small amount of sugar for a coated rim.
Pour the strained martini into the chilled glasses and serve.
Thanks so much, Julia! That cocktail looks fab. (Also, I totally support the 5-olive minimum). I was so inspired by this recipe that I put together an Etsy collection called I'm So Tart. I even found an adorable lemon drop pendant made by JeanMarie Talvo Jewelry Design. Love it!
Huge thanks to Julia for visiting today.
Happy Sloshy Sunday!
ETA: For Casey.....a lemony wedding cake! Look at that bride, c. 1990!