Monday, July 17, 2006

Mixology Monday V: Lemon

The Cocktail DB is a great resource for researching cocktails. You can search an exhaustive database on specific ingredients, or find the basic recipes to thousands of cocktails by name. I thought I'd do some research over there lemons as they relate to cocktails.

Lemon

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Hmmm. More specific. OK.

Lemon Juice

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Lemon Juice, Gin

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Lemon Juice, Rum

Result! I got 289 cocktail recipes from this query. Cocktails from Agonie to Zombie. The point of this excercise was to reinforce the importance of lemon in cocktails. Lemon juice is a key ingredient in a whole family of cocktails called sours. Makes me want to go out and plant a lemon tree in my yard. (Might as well put a lime tree in while I'm at it.)

Here is the classic sour formula:
2 oz spirit
.5 oz lemon juice
.25 oz simple syrup

The enduring classic "sour" is the whiskey sour:

2 0z bourbon
.5 oz lemon juice
.25 oz simple syrup



The Sidecar.
For this weeks drink, I wanted to go with a classic sour-style drink, the Sidecar.

Here's my recipe:

2 oz fine cognac
.75 oz Cointreau
.5 oz lemon juice

Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Sugared rim optional.

Embury states he knew the sidecar's inventor from his days in Paris, and it was named after this fellow's motorcycle sidecar. He also mentions that it had been simplified from the original "six or seven" ingredients (interestingly, none mentioned). I think the simplicity is what makes the sidecar work. The lemon and sugar are a perfect counterpoint to the cognac's complexity. Adjust the recipe to balance the type of cognac you use and your preferences. Once you nail this one down, head over to the cocktaildb and start on the 1729 other lemon cocktails. Or you could point your browser at Mixology Monday V: Lemon.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous bobgirrl said...

Um, what's wrong with a nice gin martini with a lemon twist???

(BTW, sorry I haven't been around in a while. Will be in next Tuesday.)

9:14 PM  

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