Margaritas rule the summer, but as the weather turns cooler, I want something a little different. Finding a mixed drink at a restaurant can be a bit of a challenge for me. Often times the specialty cocktails are too sweet; I don’t care for sour mix or sweet juices. Some of the classic cocktails, like a Martini or Old Fashioned are a bit on the strong side. This Lemon Drop Cocktail takes the edge off of a classic Martini by adding some lemon juice and sugar, but doesn’t add a lot of the extra sweetener found in manufactured fruit juices. The key is using fresh juices, and experimenting with the amount of sugar added to please your palate.
Side note, I am completely obsessed with this little OXO Measuring Jigger. It has measurements in tablespoons and ounces printed on the inside to help get the perfect pour. Most jiggers have the 2 oz. line right at the tippy top, so it’s hard to measure and pour into a shaker, especially if you are making your second (or third) cocktail. It’s also an awesome little measuring cup for anything you need a small portion.
1 tsp. sugar
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. orange liqueur (I used Cointreau)
Juice of a lemon
In a cocktail shaker, add sugar, vodka, orange liqueur and lemon juice. Before adding ice, stir with spoon to melt sugar. Once melted, add ice and shake to blend. Strain into a martini glass, or how I like it, onto a large ice cube.