I’ve recently made the classic lemon meringue cake, which is one of the hardest desserts I’ve ever made. When learning how to make this dessert, I accidentally found out that there was a Martini made from this cake – the Lemon Meringue Martini.
It is a delightful and refreshing cocktail that captures the essence of a lemon meringue pie in liquid form. This citrusy concoction combines the bright and tangy flavors of lemon with the sweet and creamy notes of meringue, making it a perfect choice for those who are fans of meringue cake.
Unlike the lemon meringue pie, this Martini is quite easy to make. It’s a combination of lemon-flavored vodka, Limoncello liqueur, simple syrup, lemon juice, and cream or half-and-half. Limoncello, which is an Italian lemon liqueur, is a key ingredient that enhances the cocktail’s overall lemony profile. I totally nailed it in the first time.
The Lemon Meringue cocktail is often served in a chilled martini glass, rimmed with crushed graham crackers. Here is my Lemon Meringue Martini recipe:
Lemon Meringue Martini
- 60 ml lemon vodka or vanilla vodka
- 60 ml Limoncello liqueur
- 30 ml simple syrup adjust to taste
- 30 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 egg white
- Crushed graham crackers for rimming the glasses
- Lemon zest for garnish
- Ice cubes
- Rim the martini glasses with crushed graham crackers. To do this, pour a small amount of simple syrup onto a plate, and on another plate, place the crushed graham crackers.
- Dip the rim of each martini glass in the syrup, allowing any excess to drip off, and then gently press it into the graham cracker crumbs. Set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker, add the lemon vodka, Limoncello liqueur, simple syrup, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice cubes.
- Shake the mixture vigorously for about 15-20 seconds until well chilled.
- Strain the cocktail into the prepared Martini glasses, dividing it equally between the two.
- In a separate bowl, add the egg white and dry shake (shake without ice) for about 10-15 seconds until it becomes frothy.
- Carefully spoon the frothy egg white on top of each Martini, creating a "meringue" layer.
- Optionally, use a kitchen torch to lightly toast the meringue for a golden finish.
- Garnish each Martini with a twist of lemon zest.
- Serve your Lemon Meringue Martinis immediately, and enjoy this delightful and refreshing dessert-inspired cocktail!