Riffing on the classic vodka version, this Bourbon Lemon Drop Martini is a sweet, smooth and refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for summer sipping.
“Could you figure out”…. As a food person, I get this a lot. My friends and family try a dish (or in this case a cocktail!) that they fall in love with – and would love to be able to try it at home. Recently, my cousin and BFF took a trip through the south and, on a sticky summer afternoon, settled down and ordered a cocktail – in the afternoon.
Now, if you knew my BFF, you’d know this is not normal – so I knew, when she asked me if I could figure out the recipe, that this little cocktail must be something truly special.
So, employing my “expert” sleuthing skills” I got right to work.
She told me it was a variation on the Lemon Drop… with bourbon!
So, after a bit of sleuthing and surfing, I came up with a recipe… or actually two.
So, lets start with the first – homemade sour mix. Yes, you can buy sour mix everywhere – but just don’t. Really.
Why? Well, my philosophy is that if you are going to sip a cocktail, it better be a good one. And that starts with using good ingredients. Like homemade sour mix.
Given how incredibly easy it is to make there is really no reason not to. Honestly,once you’ve tasted it in a cocktail, you will never buy that bottled stuff – ever.
So, what goes into this homemade sour mix? Glad you asked!
Homemade Sour Mix for Bourbon Lemon Drop Martini:
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Make a simple syrup from the water and sugar (combine in a saucepan and bring to a boil and simmer until the sugar dissolves). Then stir in the juices. Pour into a lidded container and refrigerate. This will keep for a week and up to two weeks.
That’s it. Easy!!
So, what else makes this cocktail so incredibly good? Limoncello and a hint of mint. Now, the mint might throw you off a bit, but it’s subtle. Just enough to provide a refreshing herbal note. Limoncello? Don’t think I need to say anything about that, right?
Ok, and bourbon. Did I mention the bourbon??
For those who aren’t bourbon fans – well, this cocktail might just change your mind.
Who knows… you might even start ordering this in the afternoon too!!