Is anyone else starting to feel festive? I’m about to go into full blown holiday mode! One thing I’ve been working on lately is figuring out what kind of cocktails I want to serve as we entertain over the holidays. (There is a LOT of socializing at the school my husband is attending in England!) Most winter cocktails seem cream based (White Russians) or whiskey based (Hot Toddies) and I’ve been craving something lighter. When a friend suggested a Lemon Drop Martini I knew I’d found my answer-and I’ve lightened it up a bit more for parties by creating a sparkling version!
There are only four ingredients in this cocktail and it’s very easy to make. Before you mix it up though go ahead and sugar the rim of the glass. I find the easiest way to do that is to make a small slice in half a lemon and run it around the edge of the glass before dipping it in sugar. (You can see I had already used a peeler to peel the skin of the lemon for the garnish-do that first!)
- 1.5 ounces vodka (I use Sky or Grey Goose)
- 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
- 1 ounce lemon juice (juice of one small lemon)
- 2 ounces seltzer water
Unlike a regular martini where I would combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice, because the seltzer is already cold I don’t find the need to do that. Simply add the first three ingredients to your glass then pour the seltzer over it-the seltzer mixes everything together as you add it. Garnish with lemon rind if you like and serve immediately!
What are your favorite winter cocktails? Here are a few others I like:
(Click the picture to go to the recipe.)