I love making cocktails with John! I used to be a so intimidated and annoyed when searching for cocktail recipes in the past. Fancy, expensive ingredients, and how on earth could I know what was absolutely essential to the cocktail, and what could be left out to make it more affordable, and still taste amazing? John is wonderful like that. He stripps the recipes down to the bare necessities, and focuses on enhancing the flavors to really make them shine. Simple is better, yes? This is a strong, little devil and kept John and me a little unfocused and laughing throughout the evening. I really appreciate this cocktail repertoire building with John, and I can't wait to share with you what spring, summer and autumn has in store. But for now, let's get tipsy and giggly on lemon drops!
To make two lemon drops you'll need
8cl fresh lemon juice
8cl simple sugar syrup
12cl vodka (yes, these are strong cocktails)
Sugar and ice
Start by running a lemon wedge around the edge of your glasses, dip them in sugar and decorate with a slice of lemon if you want to be extra fancy. Measure all of the ingredients, shake with lots of ice and pour into the glasses. Simple as that! If you want to make them raspberry drops, like I insisted we do, just add a little raspberry puré/extract/fresh berries before shaking. This recipe is super easy to make in huge batches if you are having a party and don't feel like mixing individual cocktails. Totally what I did for my birthday party last weekend!
Easy, delicious and a little fancy. Just perfect!
This cocktail should come with a little warning: It is super delicious, has a perfect balance between sweet and lemony amazingness, but it's incredibly strong and will hit you from out of nowhere if you don't drink them slow enough. John and I sure didn't!
Please let us know if there are cocktails, ingredients or liquors you would like us to play around with! John has lots of wonderful summer cocktails to teach us, but we would love to hear your input.