I had one of the best dinners of well, ever a few weeks ago while in Northern Wisconsin. The location was gorgeous, the food simply outstanding and the cocktails were out of this world. One of my favorite cocktails was one I had the first time we went (yes, went more than once, a sign of an amazing meal!), called the Lemon Crush. Just about every cocktail on the menu was a cocktail creation from the liquor gods themselves.
While some of the ingredients are a little out of the ordinary (um who is keeping elderflower liquor around everyday?), this lemon cocktail was totally doable to recreate. At first, I wasn’t quite sure how to approach this lemon spiked elixir. After a few tries with different flavors of sorbet and various spirits, I had it! Taking a sip of the recreation took me right back to vacation time.
The flavor of this lemon cocktail is sweet+tart+boozy, the perfect cocktail trifecta. While this would be perfect as a happy hour or dessert drink, it would also pair perfectly with a salad or light pasta dish. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, feel free to stir up the cocktail in a glass, just be sure that the sorbet melts a bit before adding the sparkling wine. No matter what you drink it with, it’s a perfect compliment to the approach of the end of summer.
Lemon Crush Cocktail
- Yields 1 cocktail
- 3 ounces vodka
- 4 ice cubes
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1/3 cup lemon sorbet
- 8 ounces sparkling wine or champagne
In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, vodka, zest and juice of lemon, and lemon sorbet. Shake for 20-30 seconds, or until everything is combined throughout. Pour into tall glass and top with sparkling wine, garnish with a cherry and drink up!