Friday, 26 March 2010

Lemon Lyman

Keeping a well-stocked supply of fresh citrus is a permanent challenge for cocktailians. Most of the time I seem to run out of lemons or limes at crucial junctures. Then, I might buy half a dozen of each from a market stall only to watch them decay gradually - unsqueezed, unzested and untwisted. Recently, not knowing what to do with a bowl bursting full of rapidly ripening fruit, M decided we should make lemonade. Not the sickly-sweet carbonated stuff you find in the shops, but the real, fresh squeezed American classic. And that's how we came to create the Lemon Lyman (yes, that is a lame West Wing reference. Apologies to those who want them).

Lemon Lyman

30ml (1oz) fresh lemon and lime juice
45ml (1.5oz) simple syrup
90ml (3oz) water

Pour ingredients into a tall glass with ice and stir.

This does what you'd expect it do to: refreshes and cools. Now, every time I'm running a citrus surplus I can juice a few and get mixing. It helps to keep a little pot of made-up simple syrup in the fridge (I prefer two parts sugar dissolved in one part boiling water). Ok, summer, I'm ready now.

1 comment:

  1. love the west wing - this drink looks really good too. :) maybe try freezing it and adding vodka.