Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lemon Meringue Martini

 Limoncello and whipped cream-flavored vodka join forces in this delectable martini - like lemon meringue pie in a glass!

One of the first things we noticed when we moved into our Lemon Tree Dwelling was the fact that the sump pump never stopped running. All through the day and night we could hear it churning - loudly - until eventually we had heard it long enough that we stopped even noticing. What we didn't stop noticing, though, was the fact that, despite the sump pump running constantly, we still had water in our basement. Apparently running constantly is not the same as actually working!


So....along with the million and one other things we changed/fixed/overhauled after we moved in, we added two new sump pumps and a battery back-up to the list. Nothin' like a brand new sump pump to get you excited......or not.

Well, now that it's spring, and it's been raining non-stop, and there are small lakes in our backyard, the sump pump has once again been running constantly. But sounding different than I remembered it and, in fact, different than it's supposed to. So just last night, after a fun spur-of-the-moment family dinner out, Jorden decided to attempt to fix the sump pump. Can you guess where this is going?

Yep, you guessed it....! As soon as he unscrewed the broken part, water came gushing out of the pump....all. over. the. floor. And all over the cardboard boxes full of stuff that I knew better than to keep down there. In the basement that (sometimes) gets water. Right next to the sump pump.

So, in the middle of a little computer time last night, I got called down to the basement to take things out of soggy, wet cardboard boxes and transfer them into new boxes....or bins....or whatever I could find. It took Jorden and me about 2 hours working together to do just the basic water damage clean-up. It's still a mess and there's still plenty of water on the floor....but not enough that either of us was willing to stay down there anymore.

I mean - would you stay down in a wet, soggy basement if you knew you had this waiting for you?? A deliciously sweet lemon meringue martini? With a graham cracker rim? Dessert in a glass? The perfect reminder of warm summer days?

I didn't think so!

Lemon Meringue Martini
2 oz. limoncello liqueur
1 oz. UV Whipped Vodka
1/2 oz. lemonade
1/2 oz. fat-free half and half
graham cracker crumbs

1. Mix all ingredients together in a martini shaker.
2. Add ice and shake.
3. Prepare graham cracker rim by rubbing the rim of a martini glass with lemon juice or simple syrup, then dipping it in graham cracker crumbs.
4. Strain the martini into the prepared glass, being careful to avoid the graham cracker crumbs.


Looking for another refreshing drink recipe? Check out my Basil Orange Mimosa!

Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling....
I hope you feel right at home! 



  1. Ah the joys of owning a home!!! It's always something isn't it? This why Martina's were invented! Love this flavor! Will remember this for my next happy hour!

  2. OH NO! That is one of my biggest fears about our house...the sump pump will stop working and the basement will flood. It wasn't as big of a deal but now that we have the basement finished, it would cause major havoc.

    Now, I might be willing to deal with basement flooding if my reward was one of these. It sounds delicious!

  3. OMG - that is a doozy. We have had that in our 1800 farmhouse back in Belfast ME (our first house). Water up to my husband's knee and it damaged our furnace! Needless to say our next house was new. Still, I may have gone straight for the vodka....(not good). This looks like the perfect drink to remember some sunny evenings and it looks deliciously perfect!

    Hope you guys are all dried out now.

  4. I'll have to try one of these. ☺

  5. ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Must. Have. Yum! Pinned. New follower. Thanks for sharing at MM @ Call Me PMc ~ Paula

  6. Ok, this has my name written all over it!! Saw it at Marvelous Mondays and of course, being the lemon lover I am, I was right over. :) Thanks for sharing and am pinning!

  7. I love lemons and pinning this. Over here from marvelous Monday and a new follower too!

  8. Oh dear! We've got a little river in our basement...when is the rain going to stop?!
    Anyways, I like your upgrades to the Martini...I'll have to let Grandpa Gary know!

  9. visiting from make it pretty monday. Yum, have to try this. I can't believe that you get so much water you need a sump pump. Wow.

  10. Ekk! I had a basement that flooded far too often. It ruined everything kept down there, so we finally had to stop keeping things down there =(

    I love the lemon martini recipe! Strangely, lemons are one of my favorite fruits.


  11. Love this cocktail! Great way to use my lemoncello. Found you at marvelous Mondays.

  12. Sorry 'bout your basement. The martini looks delicious!
    Holly's Stamping Addiction

  13. I am so glad you have a husband who can "fix" things! Why do they always "fix" things when we are trying to relax and have some me time?

    If I were you, I think I would have had a couple of the martinis! Thanks for linking this up to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! Look forward to seeing what you bring to the party next week.

    Cynthia at

  14. I don't like basements, they scare me, I refuse to finish mine for just that reason :( So sorry to hear about yours...enjoy another drink! I might need to turn this drink into a cake...

  15. Oh man! That looks beautiful...and tasty! I can't wait to try that out on my girlfriends. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. This makes me want to stop at the liquor store on my way home from work. Yummy!!
    visiting from Monday Funday...
    ~Kelly @

  18. Yes, I'll take one please! This looks great! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

  19. Great post. A friend recommended your blog. I will be back for sure! I may live on a farm but I love my fancy drinks!

    I am giving away a set of Ball Canning blue pint jars on my blog right now, I hope you'll stop by!

    Fresh Eggs Daily

  20. This looks so tasty and refreshing! :)

    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

  21. Yum! Thanks for the recipe. Sorry for your pump woes! Hope it gets resolved!

  22. Wow my favorite is a lemon drop have to make this and share with my reader! great shot!
    deanna from

  23. Yum! The martini looks great! Pinning from the Power Pinterest Party!

  24. Oh yum, that martini looks amazing! Hope your pump is fixed & not causing any more grief!

  25. Focus on the martini...focus on the looks yummy. Definitely trying this!

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