Siglocktail 08-25-2020: Italian Lemon Drop (Plus bonus variation at the end!)

Changing things up a bit this week with a video tutorial! I’m still on my vodka kick, since it’s still hot and now humid as well in Southern California.

Our SIGLERinPLACE Siglocktails this week is an Italian Lemon Drop. This is similar to the ever popular lemon drop martini from the 80s/90s cocktail craze.

Recipe below in case you want the quickest route to this tasty drink! If you have a bit more time, watch the video until the end to learn a bit more about the 19th Century variation — the crusta. Fun presentation for a yummy drink!

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night at 6pm PST and this week we’re going to try not making the drink on the live stream since we’ve got this video. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

ITALIAN LEMON DROP RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz limoncello
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Ice

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Combine and shake all ingredients together with ice
  • Strain into a martini glass

Yummy variations:

If you want to try the crusta (seen in the picture above!):

  • Make a wide sugar crust on the rim of a champagne flute, using a lemon wedge to prime the rim, and superfine sugar. Allow to dry completely.
  • Fill sugar rimmed glass two thirds full with your cocktail.
  • Add two drops of orange or aromatic bitters
  • Take extra-wide section of lemon peel (1.5 inches wide and 5 inches long) and set inside the rim of the glass so it’s half inside the rim and half protruding above it.
  • Serve. The drinker should push the rind into the flute to access the sugar rim.

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Siglocktail 08-18-2020: Mint-Ginger Caipiroska … spritzer? (Plus variations!)

Continuing our vodka recipes this month, and the heat of summer has finally come to Southern California, so now I’m all about a summery, refreshing cocktail.

Our SIGLERinPLACE Siglocktails this week is a Caipiroska! This is a spiritual sister to Brazil’s national drink, the Caipirinha. Where the caipirinha is made with cachaça (a Brazilian rum variant) our caipiroska is made with vodka. Traditionally, it’s made with fresh lime, sugar and vodka, but I’m adding fresh ginger and mint to brighten things up. I’m also adding some ginger beer to make this a bit less alcoholic, and perfect for sipping during the hottest part of the day.

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night at 6pm PST and I’ll make this drink just as our show starts. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

MINT GINGER CAIPIROSKA RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 5 mint sprigs
  • 4 ounces vodka (I used Blue Ice)
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • Ice

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Muddle ginger with sugar in a glass.
  • Add mint sprigs. Muddle until fragrant.
  • Add vodka, ginger beer and ice.
  • Garnish with mint.
  • Stir.

Yummy variations:

  • If you have ginger syrup, you can add that instead of the sugar and sliced fresh ginger.
  • If you’re daring and have had a great garden this summer, try basil or cilantro instead of mint!
  • If you’re missing a bit of tartness, add a half ounce of lemon juice!

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Siglocktail 08-11-20: Thyme for a Salty Dog (plus variations!)

All your vodka are belong to us!

This month we’re focusing on vodka for our  SIGLERinPLACE Siglocktails. It’s classic, easy to mix, and a great vehicle for fruity, flavorful, summery drinks.

This week we’re making the Serious Eats version of the Salty Dog. It’s bright and fresh and can be made with any kind of grapefruit!

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night at 6pm PST and I’ll make this drink just as our show starts. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

SERIOUS EATS “THYME FOR A SALTY DOG” RECIPE:
This cocktail can also be made with gin, but I think vodka gives the fresh lime juice a fresh, crisp bite without changing the subtle flavor!

Ingredients

For thyme simple syrup:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 sprigs thyme

For the cocktail:

  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt, for glass rim
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice from 1 grapefruit
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lime
  • 1/2 ounce Thyme Simple Syrup
  • Lime wheels or thyme sprigs for garnish

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™

  • For the Thyme Simple Syrup:
    • In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water.
    • Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
    • Remove from heat, add thyme, and allow to steep 15 minutes.
    • Strain into airtight container. Thyme Simple Syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  • For the Cocktail:
    • Pour salt on a small saucer. Run lime wedge around the outer rim of a Collins glass and roll glass in salt to coat outside rim. Set aside.
    • Combine grapefruit juice, vodka, lime juice, and thyme syrup in cocktail shaker.
    • Fill shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.
    • Fill salt-rimmed Collins glass with fresh ice and strain cocktail into glass. Garnish with thyme or lime if desired.

Yummy variations:

  • If you have fresh basil leaves but no thyme, roughly tear 3 or 4 and add to your shaker for a fresh, garden-y twist!
  • If you’re a purist, leave out the thyme and lime, rim the glass with salt, and revel in the beachy perfection of the Salty Dog.

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Siglocktail 08-04-20: Vodka Gimlet (plus variations!)

vodka gimletIt’s a new month, so it’s a new base liquor! August Siglocktails will be vodka based!

We’ll start this month on SIGLERinPLACE with a classic: a vodka gimlet. It’s a classic, simple drink, so I’ll also add a few variations at the end of this post in case you want to jazz things up!

Livestream is tomorrow night at 6pm PST and I’ll make this drink just as our show starts. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, no worries!

OUR RECIPE FOR A CLASSIC “VODKA GIMLET”
This cocktail can also be made with gin, but I think vodka gives the fresh lime juice a fresh, crisp bite without changing the subtle flavor!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka (I used Blue Ice after a recommendation from Junkie Jared Miller!)
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup (more or less as desired for sweetness)
  • ice
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™

  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice until cooled, about 30 seconds.
  • Pour into a glass over ice (I am using this mega-cool tentacled cocktail glass, a gorgeous gift from my friend Shelia Dee).
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.

Yummy variations:

  • If you have fresh basil leaves, roughly tear 3 or 4 and add to your shaker for a basil gimlet!
  • Same with mint! Add 1/4 cup of mint leaves to the shaker, and swap out the simple syrup for Roses Lime Juice for a summery mint gimlet!
  • I’m pretty sure you can add a bit of sliced jalapeño (no seeds tho!) and tajin on the rim, but I haven’t tried that. It sounds delish tho!

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