Recipe: lemon drop martini
Wooooohooo! I can’t tell you how happy I am to have the food photography workshop website and registration completed (thanks for your help, Andrew)! I am so jazzed and humbled to be working with three dear friends whose photography and cooking/baking have inspired me from day one: Helen Dujardin of Tartelette and Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple. For those of you interested in attending, hop on over to the Food and Light website to register. Space is limited to 30 and I have no idea how quickly (or slowly) it will fill up. If you have any questions, do ask me soon as I will be mostly out of communication April 12-14.
The last of the Death Valley photos are done and posted. I am on a roll, kids. Plowing through the list of things to do…
life in death valley
marble slot canyon
blue skies over badlands
sunset on zabriskie point
As promised, I have this absolutely delightful lemon drop martini to share with you. When I first uncorked a bottle of my Buddha’s hand citron vodka, I stood sniffing the magical perfume that emanated from the opening. I had no idea what I was going to do with it. I like to play with the booze. Jeremy is the one who drinks it. He hovered around me asking what we could possibly make with it.
how about a martini?
a twist on a lemon drop martini
I had leftover Meyer lemons on hand as well as a big jar of grapefruit-infused syrup from that ridiculous (but delicious) candied grapefruit experiment. Our little bartender’s guide had a basic lemon drop martini recipe. I swapped the Buddha’s hand citron vodka for regular citron vodka, Meyer lemon for regular lemon, and the grapefruit syrup for plain sugar. How could it not be fan-freaking-tastic? [Sorry about the band-aid in the photo.]
wipe the rim of the glass with a wedge of lemon before dipping in sugar
squeeze the lemon wedge over ice
It was love at first sip. I couldn’t possibly take more than a few sips before the room began to spin at a different rate from my brain, but Jeremy was hooked. He had a new favorite cocktail. When I hosted the Food, Inc. potluck, we served lemon drop martinis before dinner. More LDM enthusiasts! Because I’m OCD, I only rub the inside rim of the martini glass with the lemon wedge as I don’t want sugar on the outside of the glass shaking off all around my house. Sadly, we are now down to our last precious bottle of the Buddha’s hand citron vodka. We didn’t drink it all – I gave half of the bottles away as gifts. Whole Foods in Boulder was supposed to get back to me about ordering more Buddha’s hand, but I’m still waiting…
pour in the syrup and vodka
strain into the glass
If you have large martini glasses like we do, you will probably want to double the recipe or else the person you serve the drink to will think you slurped half of it up before giving it to them (not an unreasonable assumption). The combination of floral and citrus aromas from the Buddha’s hand, Meyer lemon, and grapefruit will lull you into a daydream of lazy summer gardens in full bloom with fat, happy bumble bees buzzing about. This is a total keeper of a recipe.
that’s a glass of sunshine right there
Lemon Drop Martini
enough sugar for dipping the rim of the martini glass
1/4 Meyer lemon
2 oz. Buddha’s Hand Citron-infused vodka or other citron vodka
1 tbsp grapefruit-infused simple syrup or make a 1:1 sugar:water simple syrup
Simple syrup: To make simple syrup combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan. Stir over high heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and let boil for a minute. Turn off the heat. Let cool completely. Pour into a glass jar and store covered in the refrigerator.
Place the sugar in a bowl slightly larger than the mouth of the martini glass. Take the wedge of Meyer lemon and rub it along the inside rim of the glass. (The reason I run it on the inside is because I don’t want sugar dropping all over my house. If you like the effect of having it on both sides, then go ahead and run the wedge along the rim of the glass.) Turn the glass over and dip the rim in the sugar bowl. Shake off access and set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Squeeze the wedge of Meyer lemon over the ice. Add the citron vodka and the simple syrup. Cap the shaker and shake (the longer you shake, the more dilute). Strain into martini glass. Makes a small martini. If you have large martini glasses, you may want to double the recipe.