This sage limoncello martini beautifully balances vodka, limoncello and lemon juice. The longer the sage floats, the tastier it gets. It’s a lemon lover’s dream and is guaranteed to satisfy.
A few weeks ago, we went out to dinner with our niece, Elizabeth. Like me, she loves a good mixed drink and we often confab over delicious cocktails. She’s a bit more adventurous than I am. She’ll try new drinks when we go out.
Me? Not so much!
That’s not to say that I won’t try a different drinkie when I visit people’s houses or when I’m home and can make it myself. But when I have to pay for it? I want a sure thing.
Of course, the “sure thing” is rarely assured. I’m not likely to get the exact same cocktail from one restaurant to another. It’s not like Starbucks, where I pretty much know if I order a grande, decaf, non-fat, extra hot, no whip, one-pump mocha, every store is going to make it the same way. Pretty much.
When I go to a restaurant and get my usual, which is a Grey Goose dirty martini, it doesn’t always come out the way I like it. Sometimes there is too little brine, which is what makes it dirty. Or too much vermouth, heaven forbid! So it never really tastes the same. I can’t do anything about too much vermouth, but I can request more brine if it’s not dirty enough.
Well, at this great restaurant, I got the usual and Elizabeth got a lemon sage martini. When I tasted it, I knew I had to make it for the blog. It’s rather yummy and I’d make it here at home for a dinner party. Or just because.
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- It’s good practice to wash your citrus before either juicing or using as garnish. Since we’re only using 1 – 2 lemons, I wash them by squirting some unscented natural hand soap in my hand and take each lemon and rub the soap on the skin. Next, I take a vegetable brush and scrub the skin. I run each lemon under cold water making sure all of the soap has washed off.
- Use any brand of limoncello you like. If you can’t find the Petrone pictured here, no worries.
How to make a limoncello martini
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and get a measuring glass and two martini glasses.
After measuring out each ingredient, pour it into the cocktail shaker.
Gather the ingredients – Limoncello, vodka and lemons.
Measure 6 ounces of vodka. (A)
Measure 2 ounces limoncello.
Measuring out 1 ounce of lemon juice. (C)
Cap shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain and divide the liquid between the two martini glasses and get a few sage leaves for the garnish. (D)
Float a few sage leaves in each limoncello martini.
It’s such a pretty cocktail.
Let’s see the vertical view.
And the overhead view.
I lift the glass and sip.
I carefully walk it over to Christopher and he takes a sip.
He likes it! He really likes it!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe!
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And as always, may all your dishes be delish!
Dreamy Sage Limoncello Martini
- 6 ounces vodka
- 2 ounce Limoncello
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 6 sage leaves
- Fill a cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice
- Add vodka, limoncello and lemon juice
- Cap shaker and shake for at least 10 seconds
- Divide and strain liquid into the martini glasses and float sage leaves
- It's good practice to wash your citrus before either juicing or using as garnish. Since we're only using 1 - 2 lemons, I wash them by squirting some unscented natural hand soap in my hand and take each lemon and rub the soap on the skin. Next, I take a vegetable brush and scrub the skin. I run each lemon under cold water making sure all of the soap has washed off.
- Use any brand of limoncello you like. If you can't find the Petrone pictured here, no worries.