Sometimes it is just too easy. Come home from work, drop everything with a heavy sigh, uncork a bottle of wine or pop the top off a cold one…and suddenly the world doesn’t seem as bad as it did while you were stuck in gridlock just moments before as you kick back and savor a moment. Aaaaaah. Then there are those days when you want something more than a simple glass of something. Sometimes you want a dressed up treat, like a present wrapped up in pretty paper and shiny ribbon. That was what I was looking for when I made this bauble of a cocktail.
The inspiration came while surfing through the pretty pictures in this lemon dessert slide show on MarthaStewart.com. I started thinking about making something as yummy as these treats looked…but in liquid form…like a lemon meringue cocktail! Coming up with my own recipe wasn’t as easy as you might think, though. The lemon part was easy, of course, but getting the pie/dessert element to play nice? Not so easy! I experimented with brown sugar, honey, regular sugar, and maple syrup trying to get that buttery graham cracker/ pie crust flavor with just the right amount of sweetness to counter the super tart lemon. Each cocktail came out too close in flavor to my Lemon Rose Martini. Maybe Absolut Vanilla has more floral notes than I thought?
I was on my second two pound bag of lemons and quickly running low on vanilla vodka when I remembered this shot a friend had ordered a round of for a group of us that were bar hopping in Old Town Alexandria. A “chocolate cake” shot. It tasted exactly like chocolate cake, but was made only with Frangelico and an orange slice. So out came the Frangelico. After swapping the Frangelico and vanilla vodka ratios on the second attempt I found Lemon Meringue heaven with delicious notes of graham cracker goodness.
I so wanted to put on a little black dress and pearls, this cocktail is that fun. It still tasted great in yoga pants, though, so don’t let the lack of a cocktail party stop you from shaking this drink up.
Lemon Meringue Martini Cocktail
serves 1 large cocktail or 2 small cocktails
- 2 ounces fresh Lemon Juice (I used 50/50 combination of Meyer and regular lemons)
- 3 ounces Frangelico
- 1 ounce Vanilla Vodka
- Ice Cubes
- Add ice cubes to a cocktail shaker along with all the remaining ingredients. Shake well and pour into your favorite cocktail glass(es).