From the Perspectives’ Happy Hour Bar
How you doin’? I met Crash the bartender at a TGI Fridays in San Jose, California when we were under construction with one of our new restaurants. He was one of those bar tenders who was able to juggle the bottles and do all the fancy pours that captivate people and turn occasional drinkers into confirmed regulars.
Crash was also a talented mixologist who loved inventing new cocktails. I hired him. We would sit in meeting with a layout of our promotional calendar and Crash would develop cocktails that fit our needs—there was never a clunker—they were all great.
We were planning a pie month and our stalwart bartender came up with the Lemon Meringue Cocktail—a bright, lemony, creamy libation. The Lemon Meringue Cocktail has a strong lemon punch but it mellowed out with the sweetness of the meringue. It truly is the Lemon Meringue Pie in cocktail form.
Yield: 4 cocktails
1 cup lemon curd (recipe below) or if you’re feeling a bit lazy you can use store bought
2 ounces Limoncello (Italian Liquor)
6 ounces vodka
Lemon juice to taste, if needed
4 Lemon Lacey Cookies (recipe below)
1 recipe of Swiss meringue (recipe below)
4 chilled martini glasses
Lemon Lacey Cookies
These cookies are very lacey, delicate and packed with flavor. The lemon zest adds a subtle freshness and the aroma of lemon and together with the caramelized sugar, these cookies taste and smell amazing. These “eat anytime” cookies are not for cocktails only.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 12 minutes
Yield: 18 cookies
1-1/2 cups almonds
1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate (I prefer Guittard chocolate).
ChefSecret: You can adjust the flavor by using only almond extract, adding orange extract or any other flavor or extract to your taste.
Cooked Swiss Meringue Topping
Sweet, smooth and perfect for this tart cocktail! The eggs are cooked to the safe food temperature, so it can be spooned directly on top and eaten with a spoon.
2 egg whites room temperature
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Heat proof bowl that would fit on a saucepan to use as a double boiler.
ChefSecret: I know I can hear you whining—all this for one drink? Yes… because it so damn good and you will become a legend in your own time (or mind). 😊
Quip of the Day: When life doesn’t give you lemons, drink Limoncello.
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