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.
3 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 20 lemons)
1 1/2 to 2 cups superfine sugar
4 cups water
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
1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz orange liqueur
1 tsp superfine sugar or to taste
3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
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....