Friday, July 20, 2012

Lemon Infused Vodka

During my recent trip to Indianapolis for our anniversary, my hubby and I went out for a very romantic dinner. It was lovely and when the waitress asked if I would like to try that evening's special cocktail, I graciously took her up on the offer. She then brought me the absolute, hands-down, best cocktail I have ever had in my life.  Then, after I drank it in .326521 seconds, my hubby told her to bring me another (I think he had ulterior motives).

Now, it's time for you to laugh when I tell you what it was. The best cocktail I have ever had in my life is...A Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini. I know, I know...you're thinking that it isn't that special, but it really was. I asked our waitress how on earth they made such a glorious thing and she replied in her best  upper-crust, expensive restaurant voice, "We infuse our own vodka with fresh lemons and we make our own special fresh raspberry puree and combine them into a traditional lemon drop martini."  ....uh, okay then.

Well, the "Martha" in me took over and I decided to recreate the whole martini recipe or die trying...lucky for me that I succeeded. So, if you feel you may need some summery deliciousness in your life..here is how I did it.

First, you need to infuse your vodka.
Oh yes, you could just go buy a lemon vodka off the shelf, but trust me, it's not the same thing..not at all.
So go buy some vodka..whatever brand you prefer....and buy a big bag of lemons.
You then cut up 4 or 5 lemons and put them into a big glass jar and pour the whole container of vodka (1.75L) over them and tighten down the lid. Then, you walk away...for about 2 weeks...and I'm not joking one bit.  Every once in awhile, when you walk through the kitchen, give it a little shimmy-shake, but other than that, leave it be.  The longer it sets, the stronger the lemon flavor.

At the end of two weeks, it will look like this.
Then, you strain your vodka back into the original bottle.
I did this by using a funnel and then setting my smallest strainer on top with some cheese cloth shoved in.
Now, make sure you mark it and date it. If kept in the freezer, it will last up to a year. If you take a little taste sip at this point be warned...it  will make you pucker with it's lemon power.
After your vodka is chilled in the freezer, it's time to make the raspberry sauce..
Take 3 pints of raspberries, 2 C of sugar, &  1/4 C of water and combine in a sauce pan (yes, you want it super sweet for this). Crush up the berries and bring the whole thing to a simmer.

 Let it simmer until reduced and thickened slightly..and then you're ready Freddy.

In the shaker, combine plenty of ice, 2 oz of lemon vodka, about 2 to 3 heaping tablespoons of raspberry sauce, a little squeeze of fresh lemon & 1 oz of triple sec and then shake it like a Polaroid picture. ...
pour it into a martini glass and thank me as you enjoy your taste of summer!  Yum!

Have a Happy Friday!
love,
Val

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