If life gives you lemons…make a cocktail!

Now, I find that most drinks are better with lime. I’m pretty sure I’ve said at points that all drinks are better with lime, but this is not strictly true (obviously a White Russian with lime would be a mistake). Usually when I find lemon in my drink it is a disappointment, but there are a few drinks where lemon is king.

You may have seen that fresh lemon juice is a key component in a Chambord Sour, but the overriding flavour there is the Chambord. However, in the Lemon Bon Bon, citrus is definitely in charge, and it is all the better for it.

Lemon Bon Bon

Lemon Bon Bon

  • 30ml Absolut Citron Vodka
  • 30ml Teichenné Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 30ml Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1tsp Vanilla Sugar (for the rim)

Add all liquid ingredients to a shaker. Pour the vanilla sugar onto a small saucer, then use the squeezed lemon half to wipe around the top of the glass. Next, run the rim of the glass around the sugary saucer until the edges of the glass have a sugar rim.

Carefully fill the glass with crushed ice, and then shake all ingredients with 4-5 ice cubes until the shaker frosts. Pour the liquid over the crushed ice, and enjoy!

The combination of the sharp lemon and sweet butterscotch are like a grown up version of the sweeties. You can play with the balance of sharp to sweet and find your own perfect drink.

Vanilla Sugar

You can buy vanilla sugar, but this seems unnecessary. If you ever use vanilla pod in baking, you will find that once the pods have been scraped out there is still a lot of fragrance and flavour left behind. Simply add the spent pods to a tub of regular caster sugar, and soon you will have lovely vanilla sugar that can be used in baking, cocktails and coffees!

Butterscotch Schnapps

Most commonly found in bars as an ice-cold shooter, butterscotch schnapps can be used in various drinks to add sweetness, with more depth of flavour than just adding sugar. It goes well with vanilla and lemon, but also coffee flavours and banana.

Teichenné (pronounced teh-chen-nay) is a fabulous Spanish brand of flavoured schnapps available in a huge number of fantastic flavours. I am lucky enough to have tried a few, Green Apple, Blackcurrant and Butterscotch are my favourite so far, but would love to try more. At only 17% ABV they are not too strong, and as well as being key ingredients to cocktails they are also delicious served chilled with lemonade for a refreshing summer drink.

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