I have always been passionate about taking time to create unique and fantastic cocktails. Before speaking on this month's subject matter let me quickly talk about what else to do with that homemade Limoncello from February's spectacular "A Secret-ad-MEYER-er" cocktail. A very popular cocktail today, the Lemon Drop, can be upgraded if you simply use these fresh ingredients. Start by making a great lemonade. Make a simple syrup by first boiling equal parts water to sugar, cool and set aside. Mix 3:2 parts water to freshly squeezed lemon juice then add 2 parts simple syrup and stir. For the cocktail, take 1 & 1/4 oz Citron Vodka of choice, a 1/4 oz Cointreau or high grade Triple Sec with 1/2 oz home made limoncello. Then add 2 OZ of the homemade Lemonade mixture. Shake those ingredients in an ice filled cocktail shaker, take a chilled martini glass and run and orange peel around it's rim then dip it in a non iodized sugar and dip a lemon wedge into sugar on both sides and garnish martini glass after straining shaker contents into the glass. Why have a lemon drop martini when you can enjoy a homemade Lemoncello Drop?????
In my field, there truly is nothing new under the sun and to come up with something spectacular it's best to always refer to the legendary classics. During Pre-Prohibition, Apricot Sours were a very popular thing and the famous liqueur Southern Comfort is based on utilizing stone fruits with Bourbon so several concepts came to me instantly when approached by one of our restaurants investors as to what else could I do besides the Sangria (Which show cases French Rose as a base, however, she was never a fan of no matter how many tastings she went to, no matter how much praise it received, no matter how hard she tried.)
I combined this cherry bourbon with my homemade apricot nectar and merely added the reamed juice of one good sized and fragrant lemon thus coming up with a miraculously near perfect cocktail. It is a drink that should be offered every summer in any household or establishment. Smooth, creamy, delightfully tart with cherry, apricot and bourbon sweetness balanced by a precise tartness while maintaining a complexity in a time driven simplicity. I am truly excited about this simple cocktail turned slice of heaven and highly recommend to anybody to pit and cut up some cherries, toss them in their favorite bottle of bourbon then mixing it with their favorite stone fruit based nectar with a little lemon juice, lime juice or vinegar and just IMAGINE the grand possibilities!
(And again, thank you to all who support my creativity and passion for great cocktails!)