So the place was busy this past weekend! On Saturday we hosted our daughter's seventh birthday party, which meant the joint was packed with family, friends, and relatives. As I was busy at the grill for most of the day, I couldn't get very creative at the bar. The usual Bombay Sapphire martinis and gibsons for the in-laws, but other than that everyone had to make do with the beer (Sam Adams Summer Brew and Light, Otter Creek Porter and Budweiser) and hard lemonade cooler. But I did think of MixMoV, of course, so I made a small batch of a long time favorite cooling cocktail, the Lemon Drop:
- 2.5 oz citron vodka (Citrus Three Olives)
- 3/4oz freshly squeezed lemon juice (alas, no more Meyer Lemons...)
- 1tsp superfine (bar) sugar
Put all the ingredients into a cracked ice filled shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Of course, as the vodka comes from the freezer, it makes for a cocktail shaker that is very hard to shake! It took me a bit to loosen up the ice cubes to get a good mixing action going, which is very important as you need to get the sugar mixed in. I suppose it would work pretty well with a healthy dollop of sugar syrup too, and make for an easier mixing. I rimmed the cocktail glasses with a nice coating of Lemon Drop rimmer, which works very very well too. I didn't have time to partake in this myself, but the guests were very pleased.
But yesterday was a recovery day, so we were able to take it pretty easy. Good thing too, as the weather has been stifling here, so a day puttering about and splashing in the pool was just what the doctor ordered. And speaking of doctors, the good Dr. Cocktail was kind enough to forward me along a new recipe he's been working on for the MMV Lemon carnival, so I figured this would be the perfect day to try it out.
- 2.5 oz gin (Bombay Sapphire, of course, pulled from the freezer)
- 1/2 oz Limoncello (Pallini, again out of the freezer)
- 1/2 oz yellow Chartreuse
- 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
Put all the ingredients in a cracked ice filled cocktail shaker, shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with stemless cherry.
What a wonderfully complex yet refreshing cocktail! It was so good, I just had to have a second. You can really taste the various kinds of lemon in there, but all shaded with the distinctive herbs of the Chartreuse. I suppose you could make it with a vodka instead, for those gin-hating infidels, but it would certainly lose some of its complexity.
I was looking for an excuse to buy both the yellow Chartreuse and the Limoncello, and this fit the bill perfectly. The Chartreuse proved to be a very expensive addition to my liquor cabinet (over US$40 here in Massachusetts), but I figure it will last and I've been coming across a few recipes that called for it. I've had a bottle of the green Chartreuse for ages. I use it mostly in the Emerald Martini, which works very nicely, but I've never tried the yellow Chartreuse (and no, that isn't an oxymoron:-), which is a sweeter version of the green one. I should have tried it straight but I did not, but the smell definitely marked it as a sweeter Chartreuse.
As for the limoncello, I didn't know which one to try. There were, I think, three different brands on the store shelf, all priced about the same (US$20 a bottle). So I grabbed the Pallini, for no particular reason. I love a good lemon cocktail, and this looks like a great addition to the liquor freezer, even if the bottle is too tall fit standing up on any of the shelves. A favorite "simple" summer drink for me is raspberry (I'm a raspberry nut) vodka splashed into lemonade, and I'll bet a splash of limoncello would make a refreshing lemonade mixer too. Although I'm not a soda or seltzer fan, I imagine it would work very nicely with a plain version of one of those sparkling waters too.
So this is my entry for Mixology Monday 5, which I'll be hosting here. You have a few more hours to get me your lemon tasting cocktails over to me. Check back here tomorrow, Tuesday July 18, for the completely listing of all the entries. It's looking like a great turnout again, so thanks to all that have come over already and here's looking for the rest of you!