Dessert in a cocktail – that’s what this sunny, luscious Lemon Meringue Martini is! It will sweeten any day, brighten any summer party, and add sunshine to a cloudy day. Only the finest limoncello – Limoncello di Capri from Italy – will impart the refreshing, citrusy aroma and rich lemon flavor that makes this cocktail extraordinary. It’s also incredibly easy to make.
Egg Whites – the Secret to the Lemon Meringue Martini
Adding egg white to a cocktail adds a lovely foamy texture (much like the foam topping a latte) and a silky mouthfeel – essential in this Lemon Meringue libation that goes down waaaay too easy. A rim of fine graham cracker crumbs further enhances the illusion of luscious lemon meringue pie – its bright tangy coolness pure pleasure on a hot summer day.
In Italy, everyone drinks chilled lemon liqueur as an after dinner digestif and Limoncello di Capri is the #1 selling Limoncello in bars and restaurants in Italy, because it is made in the perfect way. Limoncello di Capri is produced in small batches using only IGP certified lemons grown on the Island of Capri and in the Sorrento Peninsula. Limoncello di Capri is one of the few brands of Limoncello produced using only real lemons. And only one type of lemon – the “Oval of Sorrento”, purchased directly from the farmers where 100% of the lemons are fertilized naturally utilizing organic principles with no chemicals or fungicides ever used in the brand’s lemon groves.
Lemon Meringue Martini Recipe
- 1.5 ounce Van Gogh Vanilla vodka
- 1 ounce Limoncello di Capri
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon egg white
- 1 graham cracker processed to a fine crumb
- Star anise lemon slice
Add ice to a shaker, add vodka, limoncello and lemon juice. Shake vigorously. Add the egg white and shake vigorously for at least a minute.
Pour into a chilled martini glass, rimmed in graham cracker crumbs. If you don't have graham crackers, a brioche cracker mixed with a 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar works, too.
* Adding egg white to cocktails imparts a velvety mouthfeel but very little in the way of flavor, so your drink will not taste eggy - I promise. Since the egg white is raw, use Davidson's Safest Choice® Eggs which are pasteurized.
The Other Secret: Limoncello
Sun, sea, summer, elegance – that’s Limoncello di Capri. I’m a citrus lover through and through – in desserts, salads, cocktails, even notes of citrus in wine and perfume send sensory impulses of pleasure to my brain. I came home from China to a box containing a bottle of this liquid gold and I’ve been obsessing ever since. Serve straight or with ice as a digestif or palate cleanser, enrich the flavor and aroma of other drinks, or in cooking and baking, on ice-cream or fruit salad. Next time you serve salmon (or chicken) try this delicious Limoncello Strawberry Mango Relish that was absolutely divine with fresh, wild King Salmon – the tart and sweet fruit with bright citrus and chunks of creamy avocado screams summer.
Before you head to the store to buy the necessary ingredients – beginning with Limoncello di Capri, I want to tell you that I’ve finally joined the Yummly network which, since the demise of Ziplist, has been the space most recommended by other food bloggers for referral traffic and saving recipes. Cooks can salivate over mouthwatering photos and click to save recipes to their recipe box. When you visit sites you simply click the Yummly share button which will prompt you to log-in or register to start your recipe box. If you’re new to She’s Cookin’, I’d love for you to check out my publisher’s page where I’m beginning to add the best of five years of heart-healthy, low sodium recipes…and a few of my favorite creative cocktail concoctions like this one.