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Lemon Bay Vodka Cocktail Recipe

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Lemon Bay Vodka Cocktail Recipe


  1. Crushed ice
    1 1/2 ounces citrus vodka
    3/4 ounce Galliano
    2 1/2 ounces Roasted-Lemon Syrup (recipe below)
    1 fresh bay leaf (optional)


  1. Fill a highball glass with crushed ice. Add the vodka, Galliano and Roasted-Lemon Syrup.
  2. Using a swizzle stick or a bar spoon turned between both hands, swizzle for 8 seconds. Garnish with the bay leaf.

Makes 1 drink.

Roasted-Lemon Syrup

5 lemons
20 dried bay leaves
12 ounces Simple Syrup

  1. Halve the lemons and remove the seeds. Make 2 slits along the membranes of each half and stuff a dried bay leaf into each slit. Set the lemons cut side up on a baking sheet and bake in a 250° oven for 2 hours.
  2. Transfer the roasted lemons to a glass measuring cup and add the Simple Syrup. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Strain the syrup into an airtight container, squeezing the juice from each lemon, and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Makes 16 ounces.

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