Awhile back I spent a week at my mom’s. Knowing she had a garden full of herbs, a lemon tree and a bottle of vodka, I packed my Limoncello. And it’s a good thing I did. Because this lemon cocktail I created while at her house, was light and refreshing and exactly what was needed after a long day of working in her garden.
I named it The Lemon Effect Cocktail because it has lemon four ways.
First is the lemon balm leaves which are both muddled and used as garnish.
Third, is the limoncello. I’m still really happy with the bottle of Ventura Limoncello Originale that I bought. It has a great flavor for mixing in cocktails or drinking straight. I think it has a little bit of sweetness in the taste which is why this drink doesn’t need any other sweetener.
The last lemon element, is the sparkling lemon water. We typically use unflavored sparkling water, soda water or fizzy water as my kids call it, in our mojito recipes. My mom loves the lemon and lime sparkling waters so I figured I’d try it in the cocktail. I liked the extra lemon kick it added to the taste.
If you don’t have any lemon sparkling water, you can use the unflavored stuff. Maybe bump up the fresh squeezed lemon instead.
- 3 lemon balm leaves
- ½ fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1½ ounces vodka
- 1 ounce limoncello
- Sparkling lemon water
- Sprig of lemon balm and lemon wheels for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon balm leaves with the fresh squeezed lemon juice.
- Add the vodka and limoncello.
- Shake with ice and strain into an ice–filled rocks glass.
- Add one or two lemon wheels to the glass.
- Top with sparkling lemon water.
- Garnish with a sprig of lemon balm.
For more lemon cocktails, check out the blueberry lemon drop martini and the raspberry lemon drop martini (to name just a couple).