This is my adult beverage of choice - the Lemon Drop. AKA Lemontini. I have to be careful when I order it in a bar, because every bartender has a different idea of what I mean when I say: lemon drop. Some will give me a sugared shot glass with flavored vodka in it. Others concoct odd brews of various juices and syrups. But my favorite drink couldn't be simpler: it's really just lemonade and vodka.
A cocktail Shaker
A measuring cup
Pretty garnish (I used a star fruit for the above photo.)
If you want to sugar the rim (a dirty phrase if ever I've heard one), simply dump a pile of sugar onto a small plate, rub a lemon wedge around the edge of the glass and twirl the rim of the glass in the sugar. I rarely do this because I don't need the extra sugar and the glasses are a bitch to clean after the fact. They never fit correctly in my dishwasher.
Then measure out a third of a cup of vodka into the shaker.
I like Svedka. It's cheap. I can buy the big bottle and I honestly can't tell it apart from Skyy. It's not like I drink it straight, so who the hell cares.
I do get cranky about my lemonade, though. Nothing from concentrate. Nothing with corn syrup. I like Newman's Own because it's generally cheaper than other brands (around $2 per half gallon) and it contains less sugar. I also like that I can screw the lid tight and shake it up before pouring it.
Measure and pour about a half cup of lemonade into your shaker. Or just fill the remaining space in your shaker with lemonade, if you're not the measuring type. I like my cocktails to be 60% lemonade and 40% vodka. If you're more of a lightweight, you may want to reduce the vodka percentage. (I think it goes without saying that I'm the furthest thing from a lightweight. The proper antonym here is probably: lush.)
SHAKE it like a Polaroid picture.
This recipe makes two cocktails.
Fresh Berry Lemontini - add a half dozen fresh or thawed raspberries to the shaker before adding vodka. Shake it a little longer. (Blackberries, blueberries and sliced strawberries also work for this.)
Flavored Vodka Lemontini - Substitute flavored vodka for Svedka. This will work with just about any flavored vodka, but I really like Pearl's flavors. The plum is delicious, but the blueberry is my favorite.
Lime-tini - Substitute limeade for lemonade.
Cranberry Lemontini - Half lemonade/half cranberry juice.