Wednesday, March 19, 2008

What's In Your Basket?

Sometimes it is all about the garnish. You can make a great drink, but people will think it tastes even better if it looks attractive. Visiting your parents for Easter? When you make dad his gin and tonic, toss in some jellybeans or perch a yellow peep on the side to make it festive.

If you are feeling more adventurous, the Lemontini is an inspirational cocktail for celebrating the coming of Spring. It is not quite time for flip-flops yet (though that will not deter some people from wearing them prematurely and freezing their toes), but it is about time to make yourself a tart and refreshing cocktail. All the signs of Spring are here: the birds are singing, the squirrels are getting frisky, the street sweeper is hard at work in the middle of the night (made possible by the annoying odd/even parking rules), the crocuses are poking their colorful heads out of the ground and you, well, you are wicked antsy for some warm sunny weather after another long cold Ithaca winter. Turn the heat up in the house, put on your favorite pair of shorts and a tank top, and invite your friends over for a Spring-expediting Lemontini. And don’t forget the garnish.


1 ½ ounces citrus vodka
2 T lemon juice
1 T simple syrup (half sugar, half water)
lemon-lime soda
Yellow Marshmallow Peep

Shake citrus vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Add a big splash of lemon-lime soda. Garnish with Yellow Peep. Special thanks to Felicia Margot for creating this Spring-is-coming cocktail.

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