Mixology Monday V: Lemon
With temperatures approaching 35°C/95°F (humidex of +42°C/107°F), which is freaking hot for us ice dwelling Canucks, Mixology Monday, the Lemon Edition, couldn't have come any sooner. Lemons have this great thirst quenching characteristic and when combined with lots of ice, there is nothing better on those hot summer days. With the lemon theme I wanted to make something cool, light and refreshing. I didn't want something super sweet and sticky. For me a Mojito is the most refreshing drink going, but that uses lime and I don't want to just sub in lemon, and Paul over at Cocktail Chronicles already did the Pisco Sour. It looks like a another new cocktail creation is forth coming.
As I perused through my liquor cabinet I came across a bottle of Lemoncello that I picked up on a trip through Chicago. I haven't done much with it, other than taste it, so it looks like this is a perfect opportunity to do something creative. As I was thinking what to mix with the Lemoncello, I thought about a variety of other summer spirits, like rum, to mix with it. The combination didn't seem to click in my mind so kept looking. Then I came across another unused bottle of liqueur which is the Uphoria Pear liqueur I used for a Sugar High Friday blogging event.
Lemon and pear seemed to mix nicely in my mind. Pear seems to play well with almost everything, but it is rarely used in the cocktail world, or at least my world. With these two sweetly flavoured liqueurs I would need a balancing spirit. I thought Benedictine, but then I realized it was too sweet, but the herbal notes intrigued me. Then I defaulted to good old dry vermouth. It's not too sweet, has some herbs and works well with lemon. The last part was to dilute the sweetness to make a refreshing summer drink. The no brainer choice was club soda. It's light, neutral and fizzy and that's all I wanted. The last thing was a couple of dashes of Regans' Orange Bitters just for the hell of it.
Now I need to build the drink so I started with equal part of Lemoncello and Uphoria Pear liqueur (1 oz each). Then I used 3/4 of an ounce of dry vermouth, and a dash of bitters, to balance out the sweetness. I combined all of this in shaker with ice and gave it twenty good shakes. Then to a rocks glass, it should probably be a highball glass, I added lots of fresh ice, two ounces of club soda and then added the contents of the shaker.
In the first taste the drink seemed a little light alcohol wise and flat, but that was ok since I was going for something light and refreshing. I added a big wedge of lemon and gave it a good squeeze which fixed the drink right up. The flatness was gone and that thirst quenching tartness was now present. After a couple of sips the flavours really started to shine. The combination worked really well and this is a good combination of flavours (pear & lemon). The only thing that might help this cocktail is a couple sprigs of fresh mint. This would give it that nice cooling sensation on your tongue, like the Mojito and Mint Julep.
This cocktails is a magnitude better than my last creation, but this time I actually used my brain to bring the flavours together. Next time I'm going to add some mint.
This round of Mixology Monday is being hosted by Jonathan over at Jiggle the Handle. Head on over and check out what else is going on in the world of lemon based cocktails
Lemon & Pear Cocktail
1 oz Lemoncello
1 oz Pear Liqueur
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth
2 oz Club Soda