Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Martini Club: Julia Rachel Barrett's Lemon Drop

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

Incorporeal and In the Flesh -- 2 related ghostly love tales

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
lemon twist
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 TartI 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!


Casey Wyatt said...

Mmmm. . . . I can taste the tangy, yummy, lemony goodness right now! I love everything lemon too. And so does my oldest son. Every birthday he request lemon cake.

Casey Wyatt said...

Oh - one more thing - if you are ever in Mystic CT, Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream shop has an ice cream flavor - Lemon Kiss. It's a divine combination of lemon ice cream with chocolate chunks - delish!

Penny Watson said...

Casey...that is so cool that your son loves lemon cake! My wedding cake was lemon with vanilla frosting, and totally covered with yellow roses. Yippee!

Also, I'm heading to Mystic CT now....

Casey Wyatt said...

Too funny Penny! My wedding cake was also lemon!!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Casey - where I grew up in Iowa the local ice cream shop (homemade ice cream of course) had my favorite flavor - lemon custard. Oh yum! I don't even like ice cream. Don't think I've eaten ice cream since the place went out of business to make room for Baskin Robbins.
Once in a while I'll make lemon curd truffles (dipped in dark chocolate)!
Thanks for hosting me, mentioning my books and the etsy collection!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Julia! I LOVE lemony ice-cream. Not lemon sorbet, but real ice cream. Sooooo good! Thanks for visiting with me today.

Casey--I added on a pic of my lemony wedding cake! Hee hee!

Penny Watson said...'s a funny story about my wedding cake. You know how you take the top of the cake and save it in the freezer until your 1st year anniversary? Well, my mom stashed mine in her freezer, but my sister was at home and she kept sneaking pieces of cake. So by the time it was my first year anniversary, the top of my cake was a hacked-up mess. It was delicious! I don't blame my sister for eating it. :^)

Sherri Browning Erwin said...

Love Lemon Drop martinis. Thanks for the recipe! Also, so cute in your wedding pic! 90s?

Aubrey Watt said...

Ooh! I have a lemon tree in my backyard, and this recipe would be PERFECT to get rid of some extra lemons.

...really, that's *hic* all I'm trying to do, jussss get ridda some lemons...

Penny Watson said...

Hi Sherri! 1990. Although my daughter insists it was 1890. She thinks my hubby and I were pioneers.

Penny Watson said...

Okay, Aubrey....I am really jealous. I wish I had a lemon tree, too! You are so lucky.

barbara said...

Great post! The recipe sounds delish; will have to try it. Thanks for sharing! :)

Casey Wyatt said...

Beautiful photo!! You got married a year before me! I love how your sister kept sneaking pieces. Cake is my kyrptonite!

Penny Watson said...

Thanks, Barbara! Enjoy your Sunday Happy Hour!

martinipen said...

Delightful! While I am a solo-olive man myself, it is a well-known fact that odd numbers of olives are always the way to go. Hence, I support the five-olive Martini.

Thank you for a good post! Mrs. Andrews will be enjoying this drink sometime soon!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Tom! Mrs. Andrews sounds like a wise woman.

My mom alternates between the twist and the olive with her martini, depending on her mood, I suppose. I support naked martinis as well as accessorized martinis. Both are good.

Sherri Browning Erwin said...

That's right! We got married in the same year.