Toast to a simple fresh aperitif with only three ingredients! This easy seasonal Mint Infused Lemon Drop Cocktail can be quickly adapted to flavors you have on hand with your own homemade simple syrup!
Sometimes you have to remind yourself what it is you love. A week or so ago another photographer friend, Alex, and I decided to just spend some time in the kitchen, catching up and trying new recipes. It wasn't for work, wasn't a job, it was just cooking. Sure, we weren't going to leave our cameras behind, but it was refreshing to be in a familiar space and it not be for work, but because we simply wanted to.
We rolled pasta, made a mess, cleaned it up, made another, and ate right from the pan with our fingers. It was all of the things you can't do when you are 'at work' and all of the fun of being in your own kitchen with people you are comfortable around.
At the end of the day, it was the sort of reminder to me that I love food. I love cooking. I love the challenge of playing with a new recipe and tasting the outcome. It was fun to chat and be real. It was fun to cook. My kitchen always has been the space where we gather, it was nice to remind myself why.
If you haven't done it in a while, grab a friend, mix your own fun Mint Infused Lemon Drop Cocktail and get in the kitchen. Plan a crazy delicious menu and roll your sleeves up. Smear flour on the counters and fresh butter under your fingernails. Laugh together.
I may like cocktails a little too much, but I am hoping it's not too long before we decide to try a new recipe again!
If you are in the Philadelphia region and need a photographer, Alex is great to work with and has an amazing portfolio. Check out her online portfolio to see her work.
Cheers with this Mint Infused Lemon Drop Cocktail and let's have a little fun.
Mint Infused Lemon Drop Cocktail
For the Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar in the raw
- 1 cup water
- handful fresh mint
For the Cocktail
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Add the water and sugar to a saucepan and heat over medium low until the sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. When the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is clear, remove from heat and add the mint. Allow the mint to step for 10 to 20 minutes. Strain into a jar and store until ready to use.
- For the cocktail, add ice to a shaker. Squeeze in lemon juice, a splash of simple syrup and a shot of vodka and shake, Strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with additional mint and lemon slices if desired.
This is what happens when you put Alex and I in a kitchen together and leave us alone to cook!
Want more cocktails? Try some of my other seasonal favorites: