Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Fizzy Lemon Drop

On my stroll around the Stanford campus today people were sporting flip-flops (me, included), short shorts, and all sorts of skin was poking out of tank tops and skirts. At least for today, spring is in the air. This drink is my dedication to the season.

My husband and I went for a jog the other day--in a short break between cloudbursts--and zig-zagged by the community lemon tree on the way home. I swear, I'm not stealing my neighbor's lemons! When we got home I turned these magical fruits into the most delicious and refreshing drink imaginable--perfect for Spring. I probably should have started with some post-jog water, but instead, sucked this down right fast! The little white sculpture to the left of the lemons is by my friend, danielle, who makes these delicate and beautiful porcelain pieces that look like they've been plucked from nature. The painting you see in the photo below is by Steve Keene, one of my artist-heroes for his accessible approach to artmaking and selling.

(serves 2)
-juice of 2 lemons
-3 shots of lemon vodka (I use the Trader Joes brand, Citron)
-simple syrup, to taste (about 3 tbsp.)
-7-up (about 1 cup)

Mix lemon juice, vodka, and simple syrup in a small pitcher. Add more simple syrup if you like it sweeter. Put a bunch of ice in 2 highballs (or your favorite glass). Divide the juice-vodka mixture between the glasses. Cover with 7-up and serve.


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