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Refined Lemonade

Refined Lemonade

Courtesy of Frankie Solarik, Mixologist, Kultura Restaurant

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Ingredients

2
oz premium vodka
fresh mint
5
oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
vanilla simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, simmered and stirred with emptied pods of vanilla)
roasted black pepper sugar rim mixture (see below)
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Directions

Step 1

1. To make the rim mix, roast black peppercorns in the oven at 400 degrees F. for approx. for 30 minutes. Cool and grind to “dust” like texture, add 7 tbsp sugar to 1 tbsp roasted black pepper and lay out on a plate.

Step 2

2. Dip rim of high ball glass with spring water, then dip in the roasted black pepper sugar rim mixture.

Step 3

3. In a shaker, add 5 oz lemon juice, 1 oz simple syrup, 5 -6 mint leaves and 2 oz vodka.

Step 4

Muddle for approx 5 seconds, trying not to bruise the mint by applying too much pressure.

Step 5

Add lemon pieces and ice.

Step 6

Shake and strain into glass, garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

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