I know, I know….I get it. You are probably thinking (albeit sarcastically), “great, another martini-fusion twist…” And while we do feel your pain, this is, unfortunately, another recipe for a martini-fusion twist. It cannot be helped!
While the original lemon drop rose to fame in the 70’s and 80’s, it didn’t contain all the goodies that are thrown into the lemon drop martini. The initial concoction consisted of lemon juice, vodka and sugar: simple, tasty and elegant. The lemon drop martini, however, has many variations which usually feature additional ingredients such as triple sec, sweet and sour mix and can even be made with lemon-flavored vodka.
Is It an Acquired Taste?
Unless you have a strange aversion to lemons, vodka or are diabetic, then no, this drink does not require a person to have a sophisticated palette. Versatile in nature, as are many mixed drinks, you can make a lemon drop martini as strong or watered down as you like, and is found in most bars and pubs across America. If you have never had one, it is liked drinking lemonade on steroids. If you don’t watch how many you are throwing back, you may find yourself praying to the porcelain God the next morning.
Food that Pairs Well with a Lemon Drop Martini
Flavors such as BBQ, smoky, salty and tangy all go well with lemon adrop martinis. It is an awesome drink to have for a summertime cookout and bodes especially well with hotdogs and hamburgers due to its’ light and fresh taste.
If you don’t want to mix a heavy main with light and refreshing, you can always accentuate the sour and sweet notes with crisp, raw and natural foods such as a vegetable platter with ranch dip, zucchini pasta with Aglio olio, or a shrimp cocktail. If you want to keep the theme “lemony,” a nice angel hair pasta with lemon-cream sauce will do this cocktail some justice, or lemony-lime ceviche. That being said, don’t discount combining lemon with seafood: crab legs, lobster tail, mussels and other varieties of fish and shellfish can really bring out the essence of the lemon drop martini.
History of the Lemon Drop Martini
As with most of the cocktails covered in this blog, finding the true origin of an alcoholic beverage is close to impossible; just like when you are trying to remember what happened the night before after having a bender with friends… this drink is no exception and it was unfortunately created before the social media era – so no embarrassing pictures to help make a reference.
One rumor is that the drink originated from a bar called Henry’s Africa in San Francisco during a time where women started (exaggerated pause for effect) going to bars ALONE. Yes! Women were going out, often alone, and many bars wanted to cater to them by providing drinks where the alcohol taste was camouflaged with sweetness. This way the ladies could let loose with the best of them while sipping a cocktail that didn’t put hair on their chest.
In summary, the lemon drop martini is a nice little drink to have, and the favorite of my WeDames counterpart, Celine. Seriously, almost every time we have gone out to enjoy the evening or meet new people, she tosses a few of these back. When I asked her why she said, “Because I am a lightweight”, whatever that means. With summer around the corner and lots of happenings at pubs, bars and restaurants in Springfield, Missouri, we suggest you give this drink a go (so long as you are 21 and up) and decide for yourself whether a lemon drop martini should be added to your list o’ fav cocktails.
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