Showing posts with label simple syrup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label simple syrup. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini

In my new series (turned in the first manuscript about two weeks ago!), my character, Grace Wheaton, says that there’s no better drink to celebrate with than a Raspberry Lemon Drop martini. And she’s right.

My eldest daughter graduated college from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida in 2008. (Check out some of her artwork here: ) While we were all down there for graduation my brother’s partner, Mitch, invited us out for drinks at the Sarasota Ritz-Carlton. The waitress there suggested the Raspberry Lemon Drop and it was *fabulous.* Really, truly, the finest martini I’ve ever encountered. And so pretty!

Back home I was unsuccessful trying to find another restaurant to serve anything even close. Some of them were downright terrible. So, I blogged about it. To my great surprise, Valerie from the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota saw my lament and sent me the recipe! Wow. Talk about incredible customer service! She shared it in my blog comments here: but I’ve since tweaked it ever so slightly so that it makes two servings at once—because I don’t ever enjoy these by myself. They’re too much fun to share.

The *most* important ingredients here are the freshly squeezed lemon juice and the homemade simple syrup. And trust me, it’s very simple. I’ve tried making these with store-bought sour mix and the results are not nearly as good. The difference between homemade mix and the kind that comes from a bottle are worth the small effort it takes to make your own.

Next time you’re ready to celebrate or just relax, here’s the beverage to do it with:

Raspberry Lemon Drop

I use the cap of my martini shaker as a measurement. So, rather than ounces, I use “parts.”

3 parts Raspberry Vodka (I like Stoli Razz. Not terribly expensive compared to others.)
2 parts fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 parts simple syrup (recipe below)
Chambord raspberry liqueur
Fresh raspberries
Sugar to rim the glass (you can use sugar on a plate. I actually splurge and buy lemon sugar)

Mix the first three ingredients *not the Chambord* in a martini shaker, with lots of ice.
Rub the rims of two martini glasses with lemon peel (from squeezed lemons) and then turn glasses upside down in the sugar one at a time. Wiggle until rims are coated. Bring glasses upright.

Pour one serving of martini into each, careful not to mess the sugar. Leave a little room.

Pour a quick drip of Chambord into the center of each glass, allowing it to settle in the bottom.
Garnish with fresh raspberries.

If you’re only serving a few people and you have room, you may want to freeze your martini glasses ahead of time. They look so fresh coming out frosty.

Not exactly low calorie, I know. But worth an occasional indulgence.

Simple Syrup

You’re not going to believe how easy this is.

1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Boil until clear, stirring occasionally to get the sugar to dissolve. Let cool

That’s it! I usually make 2 – 4 cups of syrup at once. Depends on how many people I’m serving, and how long I expect them to stay. Always easier to pull more syrup out of the fridge than have to zip up another batch with folks right there. I also always squeeze the lemons ahead of time and keep the juice in the fridge. For parties, I’ve sometimes pre-combined the lemon and syrup in a 1:2 ratio just to have it handy and not have to mess around too much when time is at a premium.

With friends over for Labor Day to chitchat and play Rook (that's me and my good friend, Rene, sipping), and with a whole bunch of landscaping work done this weekend, I think there was cause to celebrate. If you enjoy the occasional indulgence, I hope you try this recipe. It's perfect for parties.


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