Roasted Lemon Martini

Roasting lemons for an hour in the oven transforms their flavor in several appealing ways. They become less acidic and develop a floral note. Their juice also picks up a bitter edge from the pith. If you like Campari, you'll appreciate this drink.


1 roasted lemon, ends removed, cut into 4 thick slices
1 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces vodka


To roast lemons: First wash and dry the rinds, then bake them on
a cookie sheet in a 325 degree oven for an hour, turning once.
Let cool before using. You may want to roast them on a bed of
coarse salt if you don't want to see a small brown spot where
the skin touches the pan.

To make simple syrup: Combine 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in
a saucepan. Bring to boil. As soon as sugar is dissolved, remove
from heat.

To make the martini: Combine lemon slices, syrup and vodka over
crushed ice in a shaker. Shake or stir vigorously and strain
into chilled martini glass.

by john kessler in the AJC (Mon 23 Dec 2002)

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