As this is summer, I am wondering what you all are enjoying in the evenings? I like a glass of wine* or two, but every now and then, I like a cocktail too.
The other night, my husband and I enjoyed a Lemon Martini (on the left) and a Rob Roy (on the right).
Some of you have asked how we make our Lemon Martinis? (By we, I mean my husband. Who are kidding? I don’t make the drinks around here. I just drink ’em.) My husband pours equal parts freshly squeezed lemon, dry vermouth, and vodka into a shaker with ice. Then he shakes it violently and pours it into my martini glass.
So of course, it isn’t a true martini, as it has no gin.
And what’s around that rim? It’s sugar. He does this by wetting the rim with the lemon wedge and then tipping the glass upside down onto a plate of sugar. It’s worth the extra minute of two waiting.
The second drink, my husband’s drink, is a Rob Roy. This is two parts Scotch, one part dry vermouth, and two dashes of Angostura bitters. Rob Roys can also be made with sweet vermouth or even with equal parts of both, but my husband prefers dry.
This is also poured into a shaker with ice and shaken. Then it’s poured into a martini glass and enjoyed.
When making cocktails, it’s helpful to have a cocktail shaker and something to measure shots with. A simple shot glass will do, or if you have a nifty tool like the one above, you’re good to go. You’ll notice that on this tool, on the left, is a little measuring cup while on the right are other useful things – most notably the extended stick used as a juicer. This juicer gets a lot of use in our house for drinks requiring lemons or limes.
What are you all drinking this summer? Drop a line in the comment box!