Cocktails

Cocktails

Sometimes a place, an occasion, a certain setting is tied inexplicably to a drink. A cocktail, if you will. I remember the very first place I had a margarita on the rocks; a margarita made with real liquor  and salt on the rim; not made from a neon-green, sickly-sweet mix. I don’t remember exactly who I was with (although I can guess) but I know the name of the bar was Molly’s, and I can picture exactly where it is.

Another memory; Ed and I were gazing out a wall of windows; we were almost alone in the lounge. We gazed out at the stars; we were up high above the rest of cruise ship in one of the highest places on the ship. It was our honeymoon, and we were having late night drinks; I was sipping a cosmopolitan with a lemon twist, and Ed had a chocolate martini. My drink was perfect, and Ed said his drink was delicious, too…but almost too chocolaty, if there is such a thing.

Lemon Meringue Margarita

Going out for cocktails is a little more difficult than it used to be, with two small children at home. But every once in a while, Ed and I will splurge, get a baby sitter, and go out for dinner. After dinner, to make our date last a little longer, we will stop somewhere for a drink. We call our favorite place The Piano Bar, even though that not the real name of this place. We can never seem to remember the correct name. To get to it, you walk down a set of stairs into a basement (it almost feels like you’re walking into a speakeasy, although there’s no guard at the door). Ed and I usually sit at a high table, a cozy spot for two, close to the piano. We order cocktails, chat, and listen to the piano player sing Billy Joel and Elton John tunes. Ed will sip slowly on his Manhattan. I usually order a cosmo…but now, my order has changed. Last time we went there, I had the most heavenly drink on earth…a Lemon Drop Martini. This drink has to become my signature drink!

I’ve never made it at home, but if I ever do, here is a recipe I found that sounds delicious. But first, I need to invest in a shaker. And martini glasses.

  • white sugar
  • 1 long strip of lemon zest
  • 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger citron vodka
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce sweet and sour mix
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  1. Moisten the edges of a martini glass with a little lime juice, and then dip moistened edges into sugar. Place lemon zest strip in glass.
  2. Combine vodka, lime juice, sweet and sour mix, and ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously, and strain into a martini glass.

Gretchen at Second Blooming is our lovely hostess for Spin Cycle. This week, she’s mixing up cocktails!

What’s your favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink?

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16 Responses to Cocktails

  1. [...] screwing up the measurements so I’m never able to re-create the better efforts. (Thanks to Ginny Marie for getting me started on this tasty endeavor – her delicious recipe calls for [...]

  2. From the sounds of the ingredients, a Lemon Drop Martini may just replace my current favorite Appletini! :)
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  3. Christine Leiser says:

    I love a good cocktail and lemon drop martinis are definitely right up there! I agree with you about cocktails putting you in a certain place. I'll never forget my first Bloody Mary, Margarita (none of the mix for me!), Cosmo or Martini. There's something so elegant about it all. Run, don't walk to get your shaker. Target has them very inexpensive and cute!
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  4. Nadine says:

    That sounds yummy. I have tried chocolate martinis… LOVE!! and I make a very good margarita!
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  5. Liz @ ANIAN says:

    My favorite drink is a rum and diet coke, but mixed drinks are kinda pricey so I weigh that in. Sometimes I'll nurse a frozen margarita for a long time to make the money stretch. ;) And if beer is cheap, I'll do beer!

  6. Amy says:

    Frighteningly, I realize I actually have ALL of the necessary ingredients to make that cocktail… and it is Tuesday… but oh my I am craving one. :)

  7. Amy says:

    No surprise that Lemon Drop Pie's favorite drink is the Lemon Drop Martini!

    Mine? Too many to choose from! There's the chocolate martini, the mudslide, the Italian Tickler (amaretto and club soda), and then there's a little thing called the Amy Special (basically a highball–whiskey and ginger ale).

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  8. debby9972 says:

    That sounds like a perfect evening with your husband and that drink sounds yummy. Cheers!
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  9. Tricia says:

    Ummmm. If you were at Molly's drinking Scratch Margaritas then I think you were with ME!!!! Miss you :-)
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  10. gretchen says:

    Of course! It your perfect signature cocktail! And you're right about going out to a good cocktail bar. Jimmy and I have a few in NYC that we love to hit.

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  11. spriteskeeper says:

    I'm not a fan of martini's but these look refreshing!

  12. @JackiRHayes says:

    Lemon Drop Martini's were my first martini's. Oh, they were heaven. They have become to sweet for me now a days, but I still remember them fondly. More a dirty martini kind of gal these days.
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