This post is sponsored by Powell & Mahoney Cocktail Mixers, but as always all opinions are my own.
Temperatures are rising here in Vermont. It is happening very slowly, but it is getting more noticeable by the day. Our local friends say that summer will come overnight. One day we will wake up and it will be 80 degrees until the end of August. To say “I cannot wait!” would be an understatement. The fact that tomorrow is Mother’s Day and it is still only 50 degrees outside is a new concept that I am getting used to. Still, I am super excited for summer as they say Vermont summers are beautiful.
Speaking of Mother’s Day and summer, today’s recipe, Lime Drop Martini, is perfect for both tomorrows Mother’s Day celebration as well as any party that you are planning to throw this summer.
I know most people are big fans of lemon drop martinis, but I personally love its sister cocktail made with fresh squeezed lime juice just as much. I am also a big fan of espresso martinis but that’s a story for another day.
This Lime Martini recipe is refreshing and just enough sweet to satiate your senses. Plus, it comes together in less than 10 minutes.
About This Lime Drop Martini Recipe:
The recipe has three steps:
First, rim the edges of a martini glass with sugar and lime zest: I know that you might think of this as an additional step, but believe me the freshness and flavors that comes from the oils of the zest combined with cane sugar is totally worth the extra time.
Second, make mint flavored simple syrup: This was my twist on the classic recipe that you can easily find on the internet. By muddling fresh mint leaves, lime juice, and small wedges of lime along with simple syrup, you give a surprisingly refreshing flavor to the overall cocktail.
In terms of the simple syrup, I used Powell & Mahoney’s simple syrup that is made with cane sugar. It is an essential in our home bar as both my husband and I think that it is a huge time saver when we want to make a quick cocktail for ourselves.
Here if you can plan ahead, I recommend mixing together the simple syrup, mint leaves and lime juice in a jar and letting it marinade for a few hours or even overnight. Keep in mind that the more it sits the more mint-y and refreshing it gets.
Final step is making the drink: You make the cocktail by mixing together vodka, mint flavored simple syrup, orange liquor with some ice. From what I understand, most classic recipes for lime (or lemon) drop martinis do not use orange liquor, but I thought it was a nice addition so I included it in the recipe. If you do not like it or don’t have it, feel free to substitute it with more vodka.
Other Drink Recipes You Can Make on Mother’s Day:
- Strawberry Champagne Margaritas
- Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini
- Cilantro Infused Jalapeno Margaritas
- Raspberry and Pomegranate Rose Summer Cocktail
- Blood Orange Juice Mimosas
- Kentucky Mule Cocktail
- Mango Infused Vodka
- Pineapple Mezcal Margarita
Lime Drop Martini
For the rim of the glass:
- 1 tablespoon cane sugar
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 1 wedge of fresh lime to wet the rim of the glass
For the mint flavored simple syrup:
- 5 leaves of fresh mint
- ¼ lime cut into small wedges as seen in the video
- 2 ounces of lime juice preferably freshly squeezed
- 1 ounce of Powell & Mahoney Simple Syrup
For the drink:
- ½ cup of crushed ice
- 2 ounces of vodka
- 1 ounce of orange liquor such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
- lime twist as garnish optional
- For the rim of the martini glass: Mix together sugar and lime zest in a small flat plate. Wet the rim of a martini glass using the lime wedge. Dip into the sugar and lime zest mixture. Place the glass into the freezer as you make the drink.
- To make the mint flavored simple syrup: Place fresh mint leaves and lime wedges in a large glass. Pour in the lime juice and simple syrup. Muddle until they are all combined*.
- To make the drink: Place the ice, vodka, and orange liquor in a shaker. Strain the simple syrup mixture. Put the lid on and shake for 40 seconds. Take out the martini glass out of the freezer and pour the drink into the glass. Garnish with a lime twist, if preferred. Serve immediately.