As today is the start of Labor Day weekend, which is the unofficial end of summer, I am feeling a little nostalgic for the season. Fall is my favorite season, with a little crispness in the air and the changing leaves, but summer is a time for barbecues and pool parties and sitting outside enjoying a nice, cold beer because it’s just too darn hot to do anything else. I always miss it a little bit when the weather starts turning colder.
What better way to honor of the end of summer than with a classic summer cocktail, the Lemon Drop?
1 1/2 oz. vodka*
1/2 oz. Cointreau
1 tsp. simple syrup
3/4 oz. lemon juice
Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour into a sugar-rimmed glass, and serve with a lemon twist if you’re feeling fancy.
* I heart Tito’s Handmade Vodka. However, I also happen to have a bottle of Absolut Citron still hanging around, probably from law school days, so I usually throw a little of that in for its extra lemony-ness.