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Friday
Jun282013

Sparkling Lemon Drop

Sparkling Lemon Drop

The sun has a longstanding history of becoming oppressive in late June. The humidity in the air swells as I walk outdoors in the afternoon heat, wishing I had something to fan myself. Living in the heart of the Midwest, I am continually astounded at the extreme cold and heat I experience each year, spanning a temperature range of 120 degrees between January and July. Perhaps that's why when summer finally arrives—heat, humidity, and all—I close my mouth against complaints about the soaring humidity and learn to embrace the beautiful weather instead.

Enjoying the summer heat would feel incomplete without a tall glass of fresh lemonade.

Sparkling Lemon Drop

Last Wednesday, after a long day in the middle of an even longer week, I decided that my glass of summer lemonade could wait no more. As I rooted around in the refrigerator, I came up with a single lemon, not nearly enough to round out the pitcher of lemonade I had dreamed of all afternoon. Instead of shutting the refrigerator door with a sigh (as I so often do), I found another use for the lemon. With a little club soda and liquor, the lemon transformed itself into a sparkling cocktail.

With the spirit of that tall glass of lemonade alive in my new drink, I put my feet up and gladly sipped it down, the evening sun shining brightly through the window.

Sparkling Lemon Drop

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Sparkling Lemon Drop

Sparkling Lemon Drop takes the classic summer lemonade and turns it into an adult cocktail. A squeeze of lemon juice is mixed with a shot of vodka and a touch of orange liquor to round out the citrus flavor. A pinch of sugar brings out sweetness while the addition of club soda makes it bubble and pop. This cocktail is lovely on hot summer afternoons, when the day is long and the weekend is too far away.

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Sparkling Lemon Drop

Yields 1 serving

2 ounces cold vodka
1 ounce orange liquor
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 cup (120 ml) club soda

In a serving glass, stir together the vodka, orange liquor, fresh lemon juice, and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Top the glass with club soda. Add ice and top with a lemon slice, if desired.

Reader Comments (11)

This would be great for my 4th of July BBQ!
xo Jennifer
06.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer
Tasty and fresh, perfect for a hot summer evening.
06.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterZoe
This drink sounds so refreshing! I love your photos!
Wow. I am not a big vodka drinker, but I may have to break my own rules for this one. Looks refreshing and delish. And I love the photo of the pouring liquid. Thank you so much!
06.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDena
It's sooooooo hot today that this drink seems like the only perfect thing :)
06.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOndina Maria
OMG!! That splash is remarkable!!!
this drink is lovely no matter what the weather!
06.29.2013 | Unregistered Commenterarie
mmmm love your drink!
06.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLooking FANCY
Wow that sounds so refreshing and your photo's are brilliant!
I remember those sweltering Midwest summers well. This drink is a perfect remedy! That splash is fantastic.
06.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiren
LOVE love love this.
07.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Cooks

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