|Creamy Limoncello Lemon Drop Martini|
Limoncello is comprised of alcohol with lemon zest and simple syrup. With creamy limoncello you substitute milk for water when making the simple syrup. We decided to give the creamy limoncello a try.
I did not have access to Everclear (which is the preferred base) so we used vodka. All of the recipes I reviewed recommended a vodka that was at least 100 proof. This is to prevent the mixture from freezing (remember you add a lot of simple syrup to the vodka). We had 80 proof vodka so we used that. Some limoncello makers recommended filtering the vodka several times through a Brita filter. I did not filter the vodka.
|I used Skyy vodka|
|The lemons after the were zested.|
|A bowl full of zest|
After a week, we tried the lemon vodka and it wasn't lemony enough so we waited another week. After two weeks, we decided to go forward.
To make the creamy simple syrup we combined 1 quart of cream with one quart of whole milk and added two cups of sugar. This mixture was simmered over medium-low heat until it reduced to 4 cups (about 25-30 minutes). We set it aside and allowed it to cool.
While the milk sugar mixture was cooling, we strained the vodka.
|The zest lost a lot of its yellow|
|The vodka is now yellow and tastes like lemon flavored vodka|
I loved the limoncello and the people who have tried it have loved it. We drink limoncello from small glasses sometimes as an aperitif and sometimes as a digestif. (It is supposed to be drunk from cordial glasses - I would love some of the ceramic limoncello glasses made in Italy. Other suggestions are drinking it from a shot glass).
Lemon Drop Limoncello Martini
1.25 oz (40 ml) Vodka
.75 oz (25 ml) Limoncello (Creamy or Regular)
.25 oz (10 ml) Simple Syrup*
.25 oz (10 ml) Lemon Juice
Put the above ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice and shake. Then pour into a martini glass. I like to wet the edge of the glass and dip it in sugar. I also drop a lemon drop candy into the martini.
|The finished martini|
1 Cup (150 ml) of Water
1 Cup (225 g) of Sugar
Place in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil (stirring constantly) until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using in a drink recipe. Store unused syrup in the refrigerator.
|Limoncello martini with regular limoncello|