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LEMON DROP MARTINI


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I believe in having options even in my martini recipes - you never know when you might want to have a particular favorite designer martini and be out of one of the key ingredients! Often you can adjust a martini recipe to work with what you have on hand which is exactly what I had to do the other day when I was out of fresh lemons and wanted a Lemon Drop Martini.

It's been so bloody hot here lately that a cool, refreshing lemon cocktail was just the ticket to beat the heat of hot summer days. But. . . .I was out of fresh lemons! Luckily, I did have a nice little can of frozen lemonade tucked away in my freezer so I "made do" as my Mom used to say and spooned some of the undiluted frozen lemonade into my shot glass instead! I left out the sugar the first time around because frozen lemonade is already sweetened but I found it was not sweetened enough for me and added one teaspoon of powdered sugar. This not only sweetened the lemon, it gave it a nice creamy froth too!

The original
LEMON DROP MARTINI
(for when you have fresh lemons)

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. Vodka
1/2 Oz. Triple Sec
1 - 2 Tsp. Simple Syrup
1 Oz. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

Garnish: Sugar rim, Candied Lemon Peels

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Cocktail (Martini) or Coupe

DIRECTIONS
Rub the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge then sip into sugar.
Chill the glass in the freezer.
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until well chilled.
Strain into the chilled glass, garnish and serve.


LEMON AIDE MARTINI
(for when you don't)
I call this emergency "MacGyver" lemonade martini a Lemon Aide Martini because it was exactly that on a hot day - lemon aide.

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. Lemon Vodka
1/2 Oz. Triple Sec
1 Tsp. Powdered Sugar
1 Oz. Undiluted Lemonade

Garnish: Sugar rim, Lemon Twist

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Cocktail (Martini) or Coupe

DIRECTIONS
Rub the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge then sip into sugar.
Chill the glass in the freezer.
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until well chilled.
Strain into the chilled glass, garnish and serve.


If you need an even simpler version of a lemon martini, check out The White Trash Lemon Drop Martini - it's a hoot and a half.


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