W4D brought me a present last night. Look at this huge bottle of Absolut Citron!
Here's how I make a super-charged Flaurella Lemon Drop Martini:
2 ounces Citron (or lemon flavored) Vodka
3/4 ounce orange flavored liqueur - try Cointreau or Triple Sec (for sweetness)
1/2 to 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice (for tartness)
Toonie shaker of ice cubes
Sugar (Superfine is best but not required) for rimming the glass
Slice of lemon to wet rim for sugaring
Twisted peel of lemon for garnish
Some folks like to add a teaspoon of sugar to the liquor blend but I think it is plenty sweet after the mixture flows over the sugared rim of the glass and into my eager gullet so be brave and try it my way first.
To create a sugar-rimmed glass, take a slice of lemon and run the edge of the glass so it is barely moist. I like to cut a little slit into the lemon and run it around the glass without squeezing the lemon wedge. (You can use the same lemon slice several times by cutting a fresh slit for each glass) Now, dip the damp edge of the glass into little heap of fine sugar on a saucer, spinning the glass as you touch the wet rim to the sugar, both inside and out. You should end up with a hard and solid edge of sugar about 1/16th to 1/8th inch deep on the rim of your martini glass.Mix your best lemon lemon vodka, your fave orange liquer, and the fresh lemon juice in a cocktail shaker full of ice; shake well for about 10 seconds. Pour strained cocktail into the sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with a twisted peel of lemon. Makes one giant-sized Flaurella Lemon Drop.
Just call me the Lemon Drop Kid. I plan to drink Lemon Drops every single day until it finally turns cool. Enjoy your weekend.