The classic gumdrop colors and flavors are orange, red/cherry, yellow/lemon, green/lime and black/licorice. This gumdrop cocktail is flavored after the lemon gumdrop flavor but it packs a nice adult version kick with the vodka and limoncello. I could have gone with cherry vodka and a cherry liqueur, a lime or even a licorice gumdrop flavor but lemon was calling to me so ....
1 Oz. Citrus Vodka
1 Oz. Limoncello
1/2 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 Oz. Simple Syrup
Garnish: Gumdrops, Lemon Twist
Tools: Cocktail Shaker
Glass: Cocktail (Martini)
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled then strain into a sugar-rimmed chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon and a few gumdrops then serve.
FUN GUMDROP TRIVIA
Did you know that the Apollo 9 Command module was called Gumdrop? When the module was delivered it was wrapped in blue cellophane and, being shaped like a cone, it acquired that nickname. Not that that has anything to do with a Gumdrop Martini, but I thought it was interesting.
I also thought you might like a recipe for
4 Cups of White Sugar
1-1/2 Cups Boiling Water
2 Envelopes of Knox Gelatin
1 - 2 Tsps of Candy* or Food Flavorings PER FLAVOR
*Professional Candy Flavorings come in a much wider range of flavors that even include, banana, tutti fruit, watermelon and more.
Tools: 1 Qt. Saucepan, Teflon pans for different flavors, wax paper, mixing spoons, measuring cups, measuring spoons
Soak your gelatin in the saucepan in 1/4 cup of cold water for five minutes, then add the 1-1/2 Cups of boiling water. When your gelatin is completely dissolved add your sugar and boil on medium/low heat for 15 minutes.
At this point you can divide your mixture into as many parts as you want for your different flavors. Pour each into a separate Teflon lined pan, mix in your flavorings and your food colors to get the desired color and taste.
Set your pans into the refrigerator at least overnight or for a full day, then you can cut your gumdrops to any size you want and roll each in some granulated sugar. Store in layers of waxed paper in a sealed container.
National Gumdrop Day is February 15th.