Back in our Ft. Hood days, I would occasionally enjoy a lemon drop martini from Texas Land and Cattle, my hands down favorite steak house in Central Texas. Once here, I started missing that drink, so I decided to try to mimic it. I think I did a pretty good job. If you like the basil-lime martini, you are sure to like the lemon drop martini as well. I used basically the same recipe I use for the basil-lime martini, just switching things up a bit. The result is pretty good, that is unless my memory has failed me.
1¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 6-8 lemons)
1 750ML bottle of Grey Goose citrus vodka
2 cups water
1 ½ cup sugar
Make simple syrup by simmering sugar and water together in a saucepan until all sugar has dissolved and syrup get a tad thick. Turn heat off, throw in all lemon zest. Let cool. Once cooled, pour lemon simple syrup through a strainer to remove all the zest. Using a funnel, pour the lemon simple syrup into the storage container, add lemon juice and vodka. Put the lid on and shake. If you want one right away, just add ice to a cocktail shaker add a martini and shake, pour into a prepared martini glass with a sugar rim. If you are making these in advance for a party, they will last a very long time in the freezer – when you pull them out of the freezer just shake and pour. Ahhhh……