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Lemon Drop

It’s a stormy Friday 13th here in San Diego tonight.  The cat isn’t a happy camper, and all he wants to do is hang out with me.  Sounds like a perfect night for a drink.

So why the Lemon Drop?  Simple enough, but last week I somehow ended up at the infamous Silver Fox in PB and more incredibly, I found myself drinking a Lemon Drop shot.  Damn it was awful.  With that as my background, I set out to make the ultimate version of this drink.  I present to you – the fancy pants davedrinks Lemon Drop.

  • 1.5 ounce lemon vodka
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1.5 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 ounce orange juice

Combine in a shaker over ice, shake and serve in a chilled sugar rimmed martini glass.  Garnish with a lemon spiral.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The same basic flavor profile of a Lemon Drop, but this one really pops.  It’s the perfect blend of sweet and tart.
  • The Silver Fox version was flat, but here you can really taste the lemon, the orange and the Grand Marnier as you sip.
  • This may be based on a shot, but this is better enjoyed as a martini.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • Next time your buddy orders a Lemon Drop shot – make sure this is the one!
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Love Potion

It’s Saturday night before the wife leaves for a week, so tonight we need to break out the Love Potion!  I guess you’ll have to ask Kathryn tomorrow if it had the desired effect!

  • 1.5 ounces lemon vodka (Ketel One)
  • 0.75 ounce Chambord
  • 0.75 ounce cranberry juice (unsweetened)

This is one of those throw it over ice, shake it up, in a martini glass drinks.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • After drinking I feel like tonight is the night.
  • It’s sweet, but not overpowering, the Chambord is the star of the drink.
  • A drink to make for the ladies.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 5/10 (but deceptive)
  • Sweetness: 9/10
  • Are there 9 of these?

I Dream of Jeanie Martini

Sometimes I don’t understand the name of cocktails, this is one of those times.  All I can come up with is the “Jeanie” rhymes with “martini”.  I’ll try to put this behind me as I sample this cocktail.  Kathryn was flipping through the bar book and this one caught her eye, so let’s give it a whirl.  I have to admit that I am not sure if this goes with the football gathering we are hosting.  Go niners!

  • 1.5 ounces Malibu Rum
  • 1 ounce lemon Vodka (Kettle One)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1.5 ounces cranberry juice (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • lemon twist

Nothing different here, mix up in a shaker over ice, shake it up, through it in a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I should confess that I don’t like coconut.  This drink smells of coconut and tastes a little of coconut, so there’s that.
  • That said, this is a really nice drink, the flavors are very nice and its very satisfying.
  • Not the manliest color, but I think this is a great drink.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 6/10 (with the “it’s a martini disclaimer”)
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • If you don’t like coconut and you want coconut.