Monday, December 28, 2009

Strawberry Limoncello Martini


Here, in my husband's own words and in plenty of time for New Year celebrations, is his recipe for the world's most lovely martini. Olive Garden dips the edge of the glass into lemon juice and then into coarse sugar. This recipe skips that step, but I recommend you do the lemon juice-sugar thing.

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BLissed-Out Grandma (BLOG) and I don't drink much alcohol. Until recently we rarely drank at home. We only occasionally order a drink when we go out to dinner. When we do order a drink, BLOG usually drinks only half of hers. So I was really surprised when she asked me to figure out the recipe for Olive Garden's Strawberry Limoncello Martini.

I searched the web. The one source I found that looked like inside information was very specific as to brands for the alcohol. I repeat their information here, but I don't know if brands really matter. The other information in the web recipe was incomprehensible, and some of the products were not available anywhere. So I assembled some lemon and strawberry flavorings and we began the taste tests. Here is the resulting recipe. Yield is 2 ample drinks.

4 oz. water
2 oz. Smirnoff Citrus Vodka
2 oz. Caravella (?) Limoncello
2 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate
1 oz. strawberry daquiri mix
1 Tbsp. sugar (BLOG says this is too much, but Olive Garden puts sugar on the rim of the glass and I don't. I think the resulting sweetness is equal -- but you be the judge.)
2 tsp. Real Lemon lemon juice concentrate
3 or 4 fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup ice cubes

Put everything in a blender and blend FOREVER. Then blend a little longer. You want it to be REALLY SMOOTH. Use a ladle to skim off the foam. Serve with a couple of fresh or frozen strawberries in the glass.

So much for not drinking at home. I now make a batch of these almost every Friday and Saturday.

Enjoy. BLissed-Out Grandma does.

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Yes, I definitely do! As Peter says, we adjusted the ingredients a bit, and you may want to as well....sweeter? more lemony? more strawberry-y? We'll be curious to know what you think!

18 comments:

Monique-aka-Surferwife23 said...

I WILL be trying this out!!

JenJen said...

okay okay.
You've just given me the signature drink for my annual NY party this year. Thank you!

Colleen said...

Oooh, that sounds YUMMY!!! I wouldn't combine too many with those new drums however =)

gayle said...

It sounds great!!! Want to try it!!

Moogie said...

Slurp.... slurp... slurp.... sigh!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Sounds really good..I don't drink either..it goes right to my knees and makes me giggle. I do enjoy a margarita once in a while..and a bubbly glass of Champagne..but I am allergic to Strawberries..it is very sad cause I loved them so, Sounds like you two are quite the mixmasters!! :(

The Peach Tart said...

What a lovely drink. I can't wait to try it.

Allyson said...

God bless Blissed-Out Grandpa for finding the recipe! And thank you for getting this in time for NYE - because even though it doesn't HAVE to be a party to have one, when you have too many in the middle of the week, people will talk about you.

And I LOVE Chicago and you are overdue for a visit. It's beautiful (although snow-covered STILL) right now!

Kathy said...

I don't drink at all....but that sounds yummy to me!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What I think is that the taste testing for this recipe must have been a heck of a lot of fun!

The picture is gorgeous; I've never had one of those. I'm with you about just occasionally having a drink and these days we'd rather do that at home as well. Costs less, no driving etc etc. Your recipe looks like it would be a very fun one to share with friends as well though (assuming they don't have to drive -- maybe I should say neighbors).

Cheers! And Happy New Year.

carol said...

don't drink too much or you'll be a blitzed out gma. He he

LOUD n PROUD said...

YUMMMM,i for sure will have to try this out,thanks for sharing!
stopping by from SITS
HAPPY NEW YEAR

Queenie Jeannie said...

We rarely drink, but it does sound yummy!

Happy New Year and thank you for visiting me on my special SITS Day!!

Picture Imperfect said...

This sounds... DIVINE! I will have to try this one out soon!

Thanks for the tip. :o)

kys said...

That looks so good! (I'm not much of a drinker these days either.)

Serendipity said...

Sounds delicious - I love limoncello :)

BPOTW said...

Something new...I think I might have to try that!

Julie said...

This is totally my favorite new drink, can't believe you've had the recipe here all this time!!!! Thank you!!!!!

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