The Lemon Float
Freely adapted from Joe’s Lemon Drop, available at Plate World Cuisine in Colorado Springs. Joe is a damn fine bartender, but my version is prettier — Melissa made me practice making it. A lot. Sure, it’s a girly drink, but it’s also a great way to get my wife to drink something with a high proof.
A martini glass.
1-1/2 ounces of premium citron vodka.
1/2 ounce of Cointreau.
1/2 ounce of Chambord.
1 teaspoon of simple syrup (Just sugar fully dissolved in water. Make a big batch ahead of time and refrigerate. Alternately, you can try using a teaspoon of sugar, but it won’t quite dissolve in the cocktail.)
Juice of 1/2 lemon.
1 drop of vanilla extract.
Rub the exposed end of the lemon around the rim of the glass, then sugar the rim. Pour the Chambord into the glass, careful not to mess up the sugar.
In a cocktail shaker, mix the rest of the ingredients over ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Here’s the fun part. Over the underside of a tablespoon, slowly — slowly — pour the cocktail into the glass. Done correctly, the liquid will hit the sides of the glass, leaving the Chambord mostly undisturbed.
Drink quickly. Repeat until naked.