The Backyard Lemon Cocktail

We planted a Meyer lemon tree in our yard last winter, just before New Year’s Eve and on Thanksgiving harvested over 25 large, juicy lemons. What’s a person to do with so many lemons? Make cocktails!

I call it the Backyard Lemon, a modern riff on the lemon drop martini.

When it’s just the two of us, I don’t worry about making the glass pretty all the time, but dipping the rim in lemon juice and a mix of sugar and salt gives the whole thing an extra special kick and is worth the effort.

I prefer Grey Goose in this drink, but you should use your favorite vodka. I store my limoncello and vodka in the freezer, which helps to keep everything cold since I serve it straight up rather than on the rocks.

This recipe makes 2 cocktails.

How To:

Fill a shaker with ice cubes and add the following:

  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces or 120ml) vodka.
  • 1 ounce (30ml) limoncello.
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon.
  • a squeeze of agave syrup or simple syrup.
  • Shake.
  • Divide in two cocktail glasses and top off with soda water.
  • That’s it!! 

Goes well with our current binge watching habit of Only Murders in the Building and Mythic Quest.

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