Sunday, March 25, 2012

Lemonade or Lemon Drop Martini?

What does one make when faced with an abundance of lemons...lemonade or a lemon drop martini?  Why both, of course...along with lemon tarts,  lemon pie bars, Chicken Picatta, (the newest version),  Linguine with Shrimp Scampi and trays of frozen lemon juice!

I must admit that I had never made fresh lemonade.  Why, I have no idea, I just hadn't.  After making two pitchers of it....just for me, I know I will always be making it fresh!  Goodness...three ingredients:  lemon juice, water, sugar....and it doesn't require much time.

Fresh Lemonade

Yields:  2 quarts

3 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 20 lemons)
1 1/2 to 2 cups superfine sugar
4 cups water
Lemon slices

Option:  Sliced strawberries

Pour the lemon juice through a sieve (to catch pulp and seeds) and into the pitcher.  Add 1 1/2 cups sugar to start, stir until dissolved.  Stir in 4 cups of water and some ice.  Taste.  Add the additional sugar if desired.  Garnish with fresh lemon slices and/or strawberries.

Actually, I don't think that there is anything that can compete with fresh lemonade!

I decided that making a Lemon Drop Martini would be a great idea and, why not?  
I had plenty of lemons!

Lemon Drop Martini

Yield:  1

1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz orange liqueur
1 tsp superfine sugar or to taste
3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Ice cubes
Superfine sugar for dipping glass rim
Twisted peel of lemon

Mix the vodka, orange liqueur, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice;  shake well (about 40 times to blend and dissolve sugar).

Pour strained drink into sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with a twisted peel  of lemon.


I learned that I am not a bartender.  My Lemon Drop was not very good at all.  It was way too strong for me and not sweet enough....


  1. Both are wonderful, but it's after 7PM on the east coast... I'll have the martini please:@)

  2. Ahh, I'll take the martini, twice! Great post and putting me in the mood..

  3. Your lemonade looks so refreshing Kate. I must admit I've never made it either. Sigh.

  4. They both look fab, but I am partial to the lemon drop martini. :-)