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.
Charred Lemon Gin Martini
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.