Week 5 – Limoncello Martini

Oh no! It only took a month and I fell behind! I missed posting last week, but don’t you worry, I didn’t forget to make my drink!


Last weekend, both kids stayed with my in-laws overnight. Greg and I took full advantage and, despite me having to work much later than planned on Friday night, we managed to go out to dinner, then filled the next day with lunch at a brewery, shopping for new coats, a matinee of Legally Blonde the Musical, and a trip to the liquor store to fill my liquor cabinet (which is actually the top of a bookshelf) with a little more variety.

One of the new additions was a tall, frosted glass, slim-necked bottle of limoncello. It’s a nice bottle. In fact, many liquor bottles are really nice.

Pallini_LimoncelloThe tequila-tasting excursion Greg and I took last year in Mexico during our cruise was offering one of a kind, hand painted bottles of tequila in these beautiful boxes that were made from agave fibers. Since I couldn’t afford any of the art being auctioned off on the ship, I thought it’d be cool to bring one home…but it turns out I couldn’t afford art tequila bottles either.

Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur that is tart and sweet and just delicious! In fact, feel free to enjoy it on its own if you feel so inclined.

Years ago, there was a couple that moved in next door to me while I was living out west and going to school. I was reading on the deck as they moved in, so I met them right away, and then I ended up going shopping with them that night for a grill, which we then assembled together and had a cookout. We’ve been best friends ever since. And they are the ones who introduced me to limoncello.

They made their own with lemon peels, vodka, and simple syrup, then served it in a double shot glass topped off with cream. Oh my goodness, that drink is a little shot of heaven. I’m not making it as part of my cocktails this year, but typing that out is making me want one now! I highly recommend it to anyone who likes sweet, tart, and creamy. Ratios will depend on your individual tastes, but I’d go two parts limoncello and one part cream or half and half in a regular or tall shot glass, and add a little simple syrup if you like it sweeter. There you go, bonus recipe!

For my cocktail this week, I wanted to try out a lemon drop martini. But most recipes online call for citrus vodka and I don’t have citrus vodka on hand. Yet another thing to add to the list for the next trip to the liquor store! Instead, I dug around for a recipe that used regular vodka and limoncello, and came across a recipe for a limoncello martini. Close enough!

wp-1454384265725.jpegGreg said it reminded him of hard lemonade, which it pretty much is since the ingredients are basically the same as lemonade, plus alcohol. It was certainly much better than the bottled malt beverage stuff though. It was like a really good homemade hard lemonade.

I really love tart and sweet, so this drink was definitely a winner for me. In fact, I had some simple syrup left over, so I made it again the next night.

It’s also really easy to put together, especially if you already have simple syrup on hand. And, honestly, making your own simple syrup is super…simple! I even made it in the microwave this time around to simplify it even more. Bonus recipe #2 – combine equal parts sugar and water and bring to a boil so the sugar dissolves. That’s it!

Limoncello Martini

Ingredients (per drink, 1 large or 2 small)

2 oz vodka
2 oz fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 oz simple syrup
1 oz limoncello
Garnish – lemon twist, lemon slice, maraschino cherry

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add all the ingredients except the garnish. Shake, shake, shake, then shake some more! Strain into a martini glass then garnish as desired. Personally, I went with no garnish for no other reason than I was being lazy. Still delicious!




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