We haven’t made drinks in awhile. Don’t get me wrong, we have been drinking but it’s been wine and vodka sodas. So this weekend Felicia and I juiced some lemons, bought some limoncello and made a pitcher of Contessa Garten’s (Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa) Limoncello Vodka Collins. I also made some roasted nuts but they were kind of gross so they are in the picture but don’t bother with them.
We put the pitcher of drinks together and stood around looking at it and said stuff like, “Wow, that’s a lot of booze. We can’t drink all that. We’ll put it in the fridge and finish it tomorrow night.”
And then we drank it all while watching The Spy Who Dumped Me.
We also left out the sugar syrup because we didn’t want to make it. We decided that if the drink was too sour we would sugar the rims of the glasses like on a Lemon Drop, the instructions for which are below since you should know how to make one of those as well.
Lemon Drop Recipe
- 2 to 3 ounces vodka, depending if you use simple syrup or not
- 1 ounce lemon juice or lemonade if not using simple syrup
- extra lemon for garnish and to moisten rim of the glass so you can stick sugar to it.
- sugar for garnishing the glass
- Optional: 1 ounce simple syrup, I leave this out and add another ounce of vodka
- Fill a martini shaker with ice.
- Rub a lemon wedge on the edge of a martini glass. Dip the glass in sugar.
- Add the vodka and lemon juice to the martini shaker. Shake for a full 30 seconds, set a timer. 30 seconds is longer than you think.
- Pour into the prepared glass.
Okay, back to this one. Here is Contessa Garten’s recipe. And remember, we didn’t make the sugar syrup. If you don’t want to make it but do want it a little sweeter, think about sugaring the rim of your glass.
Limoncello Vodka Collins
- 1½ cups vodka
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (6 lemons)
- 6 tablespoons sugar syrup
- ¼ cup Italian Limoncello liqueur
- 1½ cups cold club soda, such as Pellegrino
- Ice cubes
- Sliced lemon, for serving
Combine the vodka, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and Limoncello in a large pitcher. Just before serving, pour in the club soda and stir. Fill highball glasses with ice and pour the mixture over the ice. Garnish each drink with a slice of lemon and serve cold.
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