On my last visit to Atlanta, I asked the bartender to surprise me with an after-dinner drink of her choosing. I was served the most wonderful lemon masterpiece. A Lemon Cheesecake Martini.
I had to recreate it!
If you don’t love this cocktail, you may need to have your head examined. It is sweet, tart, and downright delicious. Like a rich and luscious liquid desert.
This beautiful drink is delicious served with a plate of fresh fruit. I also like the contrast of a salty fresh herb cracker. My favorite can be found on the Fine Cooking website: http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/rosemary-parmesan-coins.aspx. So easy to make and keep in the refrigerator to slice and bake.
You can garnish this treat with whatever fruit you like topping your cheesecake. Blueberries on a skewer make a cute stir stick. Or how about some sweet cherries stuffed with cream cheese? If you prefer to skip the fresh fruit, a bit of colorful fruit sauce or jam at the bottom of the glass before you pour your drink is perfect.
There are great options for rimming the glass as well. You can dip the rim in lemon juice and dip it in crushed graham crackers for a traditional crust taste. Or some lemon cocktail rimmer is convenient, and can always be kept on hand. A simple lemon sugar can be made by placing the zest of a lemon in a jar with 1 cup of sugar. Dip the rim of your glass in lemon juice and then into the lemon sugar and you will really amplify the lemon factor.
- 1 ounce cake vodka
- 1 ounce whipped vodka
- 1 ounce amaretto
- 1½ ounces fresh lemon juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup*
- Graham cracker crumbs and fresh fruit for garnish
- Rub a lemon slice around rim of glass. Place graham cracker crumbs on a small plate. Turn glass upside down onto plate and coat with crumbs. Chill.
- Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice. Add vodkas, amaretto, lemon juice and simple syrup.
- Shake until very cold. Pour into chilled glass. Garnish with fresh fruit of choice.
- *To make simple syrup, place equal amounts of sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat to dissolve sugar. Cool and store covered in the refrigerator.
Give this a try. It’s a keeper!