Lemon Drop Martini
When I think of lemons I think of summertime sunshine. I think of hot summer days and warm summer nights. I do not think of the dead of winter here in California. But that’s when lemons are harvested!
Of course the dead of winter in California is a lot different than the dead of winter like the Midwest! There are times when I need to remind myself of that. 😀 I’ve acclimated to California really well! Joking aside, I did not realized citrus was harvested in the wintertime until I moved to Fresno. Here in the Central Valley it’s all about the agriculture and what we produce is amazing!
The farmers markets are still open here, full of cool weather crops like winter squash, kale and loads of lovely citrus – including of course lots of citrus so we can enjoy great sips, like Paloma Cocktails and a Lemon Drop Martinis!
My MIL (mother-in-law) has a lemon tree on her property and this year we picked about 60 pounds of lemons. Seriously? What’s a gal to do with all of those lemons? Sometimes it’s best to think about it.
Hmmm….. Creamy Lemon Pasta?
Definitely! This dish will make a non-pasta lover turn into a noodle slurping fanatic! Be sure to try it soon!
or…. Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup?
Light, lemony – easy too – both of these meals take less than 30 minutes to make.
You know when you’re pondering, sometimes it’s best to have a beverage in your hand so you can truly focus on the subject.
Pondering the possibilities!
My son-in-law really showed me how to make a good martini – which is when you shake it don’t give it two or three shakes and call it a day.
You want to shake it REALLY well – you want this martini to get super cold – you want it so cold that when you pour it into the martini glass, it forms a light icy film on the top of the martini. (need a martini shaker? Check this out)
Sweet tart lemony goodness that’s what this cocktail is all about!
This is a recipe my cousin Wayne shared with me years ago and here are a few more key things to know –
- Use good vodka
- Use fresh squeezed lemon juice
Let me show you how easy this is –
First you’ll make simple syrup – 1 part water, 1 part sugar. In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Squeeze the lemons.
Make the cocktail!
Lemon Drop Martini
- 3 parts good vodka can't stress the word good enough!
- 1 1/2 parts simple syrup
- 1 1/2 parts fresh lemon juice
- Fill shaker with ice
- Add vodka, simple sugar and lemon juice to the shaker. Shake vigorously! 10-15 good shakes!
- Serve in a chilled glass - cheers!
There are tons of fun martini glasses and shakers on line – here are just a few I wanted to share!