I’ve been lurking around the posts for Mixology Monday for a while now and have finally bellied up to the bar (so to speak). This week’s ingredient is lemon, so I set off on a search through every cocktail book I own to find the drink with the most lemon flavor that could possibly be squeezed into a glass.
A bit of an overkill, perhaps, but no one can deny I have passion.
The Lemon Sorbet started out life at a bar called The Bosco and came to me via the one book of solely modern cocktails I own—one of the Food & Wine hippiest-of-the-hip compendiums. Tucked in the back of the book is a section on dessert drinks, where I found the Lemon Sorbet Martini. That there could be some way to stretch your imagination and credulity in such a way that this could ever be considered a martini is self-delusion I refuse to entertain. As such, the drink has been slightly altered and the name truncated to suit my own twisted need for control.
1 oz citrus-flavored vodka
1 oz limoncello
1 1/2 teaspoons peach schnapps
1 oz lemonade
1/2 teaspoon Silk plain soy creamer / heavy cream
1 lemon wheel for garnish
Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon wheel and serve.
When my eye landed on this little number, I knew I had found the ultimate lemon contender. In the original recipe it calls for regular vodka but, being on a mission, I decided that the only way to truly make this the penultimate lemon drink was to use citrus vodka. In the end, the result is precisely the flavor of an excellent lemon sorbet—icy, cool, tangy and fresh. You barely notice the cream, but don’t leave out the peach schnapps; without it, the lemon will reach out and strangle every last tastebud.