When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make a lemon gin martini instead.
Brilliant yellow and full of sunshine, lemons are in the peak of their season through early summer. While they’re naturally full of tartness and zing, charring the lemons mellows their acidity and enhances their floral sweetness. Mix in a little gin, and you’ve created a cocktail that’s as delicious as an easygoing summer afternoon.
Courtesy of Kelly Sterling
2 ounces gin
¾ ounce simple syrup (recipe below)
Juice from two charred lemon halves
Sprig of thyme
Squeeze of lime
Slice lemons in half crosswise. Place the halves cut side down on a hot grill or pan. Cook until they begin to char, about 3-5 minutes. Let cool, then juice.
Drop the lemon rinds and thyme in a martini shaker, and muddle, then add ice and liquids. Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil; simmer until the sugar is dissolved (about 3 minutes). Remove from the heat and let cool completely. MAKE AHEAD: The syrup can be refrigerated in a glass jar for up to 1 month.
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When there’s something to celebrate, nobody does it more stylishly than the Italians. And whatever the occasion, most often their beverage of choice is bubbly, effervescent Prosecco. With several chilled bottles of this sparkling wine on hand, all you have to do to get the party started is pop the cork.
Take our featured Wine of the Month Ca’ Bolani Edizione Limitata Prosecco NV. This widely acclaimed, limited-edition stunner is light and lovely with a delicate fizz on the finish. On the nose are aromas of blush pear and delicate floral notes that deepen on the palate into a richer, fuller flavor of almonds and ripe orchard fruit.
|The Wine:||Ca’ Bolani Edizione Limitata Prosecco NV|
|The Maker:||Gianni Zonin of Ca’ Bolani|
|The Acclaim:||Wine Enthusiast 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award|
Ca’ Bolani comes from the renowned Zonin family – whose visionary leader, Gianni Zonin, was awarded Wine Enthusiast’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 for being what the magazine called “one of the most influential personalities in the Italian wine world.”
Ca’ Bolani is the family’s single estate that lies in the very heart of Friuli – top Prosecco country. Unlike many other producers, the Zonins use only fruit grown in their own vineyards, so they oversee every stage, from vine to bottle, along with longtime winemaker Marco Rabino.
In recent years, Ca’ Bolani Prosecco has won gold medals galore – at home in Italy (Vinitaly), in Germany (Mundus Vini) and in the UK (The Experts’ Choice). It’s also a regular winner at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, where in 2014 judges rated it “Silver Outstanding.”
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