rosemary lemon curd martini.

hooray, it’s friday again!

that means we all survived another week, so i think we deserve a delicious libation, don’t you?

i’m happy to announce that each friday i’ll be sharing a tasty new cocktail with you! exciting, right?

alright, let’s get down to business. on the docket: martinis.

for those who know me well, they know i absolutely adore martinis. cosmopolitans, chocolate martinis, espresso martinis…i pretty much love them all. i’ve even got martini glasses tattooed on me!

my love affair with martinis began at an early age. um, i mean, it began at the legal, official age of 21. yup. that’s what i meant to say.

my first experience with a martini was on a cruise with my parents a number of years ago. typically on a cruise, there is at least one formal night where everyone wears their fanciest fancy clothes, prime rib and lobster are on the menu, and for some reason the waiters serenade everyone with a poorly-recorded version of “O Sole Mio.” It’s a little odd.

anyhow, on formal night, my dad ordered a vodka martini, which to meĀ  sounded like the classiest drink ever. although now that i’m older and have a much broader knowledge of cocktails, the way he ordered his vodka martini is actually kind of hilarious.

“vodka martini, extra chilled, with a lemon twist. hold the gin,” he ordered, giving me a wink that i’d get a sip when it came to the table.

what seventeen year old me didn’t realize is that pretty much all he ordered was vodka. with a piece of lemon peel.

call me crazy, but even if you serve that in a martini glass, you totally can’t call it a martini! it’s just like…a fancy tough guy drink. or something.

so in honor of my dad, martinis, father’s day, and vodka, i made an actual martini. a fancy martini that seventeen year old me would have totally oohed and aahed over.

hell, who am i kidding? i just made one and totally oohed and aahed over it. this is crazy good.

rosemary-infused simple syrup. lemonade. vodka. lemon curd.

yup, you heard me right: lemon curd. in a martini. don’t scoff, it’s unbelievable.

the lemon curd gives this martini a silky creaminess, and the rosemary cuts through the sweetness of the curd, lending a slightly floral, herbaceous note.

i think these martinis would be perfect to serve with father’s day dinner, or early-afternoon brunch, or for breakfast…kidding.

it’s whimsical. it’s sophisticated. it’s sweet, tart, and a true martini that any dad would certainly enjoy.

happy father’s day to all the dads, husbands, grandfathers, uncles, stepdads, puppy daddies (love you Ryan!), and all the great men in your life. i hope your Sunday is full of relaxation, laughter and love.

and a very special happy father’s day to my dear ol’ dad: i love you endlessly, daddy! i’m so glad that our relationship gets better and better as the years go by. thanks for always being so supportive in encouraging me to follow my heart and chase my crazy, wild dreams. i’m your biggest fan, despite the fact that your martini of choice isn’t quite a martini at all! :]

have a lovely weekend, everyone! oh, and definitely make this martini. you’re so going to love it. pinkie swear.

rosemary lemon curd martini

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled, if you feel like sharing!

Ingredients:

for the rosemary simple syrup

1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
three sprigs of rosemary

for the martini

2 parts vodka
1 part rosemary simple syrup
1 part lemonade
1 tablespoon lemon curd (you can make your own, but jarred lemon curd from the grocery store works just fine here!)

Directions:

for the rosemary simple syrup

in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, water and rosemary.

stirring often, allow the sugar to melt and the syrup to become warm before turning off the heat.

allow the rosemary simple syrup to cool and infuse for at least ten minutes, or up to one hour.

strain into a small mason jar or container, and set aside.

the rosemary simple syrup will keep in the fridge for at least two months.

for the martini

fill your glasses with ice, and set aside.

fill a shaker with ice. add the vodka, rosemary simple syrup, lemonade and lemon curd.

shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

remove the ice from the serving glasses, and pour the liquid into the glasses.

garnish with a slice or lemon or a sprig of rosemary, and enjoy immediately!