Saturday, May 26, 2012

cocktail blog hop

Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

1 1/2 ounces vodka (use a good-quality vodka)
1/2 ounce orange liqueur (Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, etc.)
1 teaspoon superfine sugar or to taste*
3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juiceIce cubes
Superfine sugar for dipping
Twisted peel of lemon


Mix the vodka, orange liqueur, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice; shake well (supposedly the cocktail is to be shaken 40 times to make sure the sugar is well blended).

Pour strained liquor into sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with a twisted peel of lemon.

To create a sugar-rimmed glass, take a lemon wedge and rub the drinking surface of the glass so it is barely moist. Dip the edge of the glass into the superfine sugar.

Makes 1 serving. 

note: i didn't write this recipe or take this photo. it's from 'what's cooking america' by linda stradley.

so i've never tried a lemon drop. i'll just have to take a good friend's opinion; she said, "it's delicious!" i'm thinking it's like a zingy lemonade. i'm just imagining that. so fresh. so summery. mmm.
 since i couldn't base my creation on the taste, i thought i'd go with the color. when i was looking through my stash i was thinking about the color of lemons, rather than the color of the drink, which is, as you can see from the picture above, the color of lemonade. i had only a few beads in that color, which i grabbed, and they ended up in the necklace.
i chose for my focal a wood disk that i had previously wood-burned with one of my own drawings. i colored it with prismacolors and thought it would be perfect for this summery piece.

i wire-wrapped a vintaj twig with little yellow seed beads and created a connector with it.

this little yellow crocheted disk i made about a year ago and thought it would be perfect.

so here's the complete necklace.

for the bit at the back, i wove a piece of silk through some brass chain. i used a vintaj toggle.
i added the sodalite briolettes and the mother-of-pearl stars thinking that i would want to drink my lemon drop on my porch, gazing at the stars. and it gives my little birdie someplace to fly, which birds really like to do.


  1. Cool inspiration for your cocktail. Really like your use of copper, nice job.

  2. That cocktail looks fun! I think I might have to try that recipe!Your little bird focal is so sweet!I like all the textures in your necklace.

  3. What a sweet necklace! Love the bird...but I really love that little crocheted disc bead you made - it's fabulous! And...yes...I can attest to the fact that the Lemon Drop is a DELICIOUS drink!!

  4. I love a lemon drop & this recipe w/ lemon juice ice cubes sounds great, I'm filing this one away! I like the mixed media approach you used for your piece

  5. I love your necklace, that little bird is adorable. Great interpretation!

  6. That came out so pretty! I love that yellow crocheted disc! Thanks for hopping!

  7. fun collection of beads. it's looks great!

  8. Lovely!
    You captured the drink quite well :)
    I love it, every bit of it! That birdy is just darling!

  9. Such a clever, colorful design. Nice work.

  10. I love your necklace! The crochet disc is just darling and so fitting for your cocktail.

  11. all the components come together to be the perfect compliment to your cocktail!! i love all the different mediums, especially the crocheted disc!

  12. Very the yellow touches.

  13. I love the colours you used, the yellow crocheted bead as a lemon drop is fabulous! Gorgeous!
    Deb x

  14. Great necklace! Love the yellow crochet disk - very cool!

  15. I really like how you told the story behind each element in your necklace, great job!

  16. I am in love with your pendant!!! Your bird drawing is soooooo cute!

  17. Yum! I love a lemon drop! My problem is that I never know what to order so I always get a vodka and tonic or a glass of wine or a beer. I will have to order this next time I am out someplace! I love what you created and that each piece tells a tale. Wonderful! Enjoy the day.

  18. It's cute and funny I think =) specially for the bird's pendant.


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