The best basil lemon drop cocktails are a great way to enjoy Spring. There's nothing better than enjoying a cocktail on the patio in the sun!
The weather in Vancouver is heating up and I am very excited to enjoy some patio cocktails! This is the best lemon drop martini recipe to enjoy during the Spring and Summer. It is light and refreshing with the perfect tang from fresh lemon juice. Basil adds the perfect herby twist on this classic cocktail that is deliciously light yet dangerously boozy. Once you've tried it, this will easily become one of your favorite cocktails too!
A lemon drop is a vodka based cocktail with a flavor modelled after the lemon drop candy. It's considered a classic martini. Traditionally, it includes vodka, triple sec, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup garnished with a lemon twist. These simple ingredients create an easy cocktail with a fresh taste that is deliciously easy to sip! The original lemon drop cocktail recipe is said to have been created in San Francisco at a well known fern bar called Henry Africa's.
My version of these classic cocktails comes with a twist. Fresh basil adds the perfect herby flavor to this light concoction. Honey is also used instead of simple syrup for a slightly stronger flavor. The honey also saves time in preparing ingredients for your cocktail, since you don't need to heat simple syrup on the stove. This is the perfect cocktail for patio sipping this time of year!
While the full recipe instructions are below, here are some tips to help you prepare the my lemon drop recipe!
To prepare your cocktail glasses, you will want to chill your martini glasses. I usually put mine in the freezer for a couple of minutes before preparing my cocktails. The traditional way to serve these is with a sugared rim. To do this, run a lemon wedge along the edges of your martini glass to get the juice on the rim. Then dip the rim of the glass in a shallow plate of superfine sugar. Shake your cocktail in the shaker and pour into your rimmed glasses. Garnish with a slice of lemon or twist of lemon rind and a fresh basil leave and enjoy - cheers!
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The best basil lemon drop cocktails are a great way to enjoy Spring. There’s nothing better than enjoying a cocktail on the patio in the sun!
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