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Brûléed Lemon Sour | Toasting From Afar

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It's Friday!!! Cheers to that sisters (or brothers)! I'm back for week two of Toasting From Afar with a deliciously sweet & sour vodka cocktail! I am so excited to do this series with y'all, and I hope you'll hashtag it up with me on instagram with #toastingfromafar, let's meet for drinks virtually! Now, on to the good stuff.

The sugar on the lemon crystalizes on the BBQ - perfect summer cocktail! boxwoodavenue.com #toastingfromafar

Last week while I was in San Jose for the Petite Petal Co. workshop, I was able to visit our neighbor's parent's house for dinner. Our neighbors are originally from San Jose, and relocated to the ranch (they have a very similar story to us!). I loved having the opportunity to see visit his childhood home, and spend time with his mom and dad who are wonderful and full of life. His dad has a beautiful garden, and a deliciously full lime tree. Before I left to go back to my hotel, they sent me on my way with a giant paper bag full of limes, which are so juicy and big, they resemble lemons more than limes. 

The sugar on the lemon crystalizes on the BBQ - perfect summer cocktail! boxwoodavenue.com #toastingfromafar

I was so excited to use them up, so I decided to make a sweet and sour mix with them - a recipe I will post soon with a free printable to bottle and give as a gift (I think it's becoming evident that I really like to put things in glass jars and give them to people). Pretty soon people are going to stop answering my phone calls. "We already have 5 mini bottles of homemade crap from you Chloe. NO MORE!" 

The sweet and sour mix is similar to a limeonade (yes, I just made that word up), but when you add vodka and LaCroix into the mix, it tastes like a very grown up limeonade... but then, are you ready for this? Then, you slice up some lemons, sprinkle some sugar on em, and throw them on the barbie. Then you wait patiently............ and five minutes later the sugar is no longer sugar, and the lemons are no longer lemons. When you open up the BBQ you will see a beautifully caramelized 'brûléed' lemon slice that adds the perfect flavor into the vodka limeonade, thus turning it into a Brûléed Lemon Sour. Enjoy! 

Brûléed Lemon Sour

  • 1.5 oz. (1 shot) Vodka
  • 1 oz sweet & sour mix
  • Lemon LaCroix
  • 1 Lemon Sliced
  • Coarse Sugar

Turn the BBQ onto high, while it is heating up, slice your lemon into 1/8" thick slices. Sprinkle both sides of each slice with sugar. Reduce BBQ heat, then place each slice directly onto the grill. Allow the lemon to caramelize & slightly char, then carefully flip to repeat on the other side. Remove the slices, and set aside.  

Shake vodka and sweet & sour mix well over ice. Pour into a glass filled with ice, and top with lemon LaCroix. Garnish with BBQ'd lemon slices.  

The sugar on the lemon crystalizes on the BBQ - perfect summer cocktail! boxwoodavenue.com #toastingfromafar
The sugar on the lemon crystalizes on the BBQ - perfect summer cocktail! boxwoodavenue.com #toastingfromafar
The sugar on the lemon crystalizes on the BBQ - perfect summer cocktail! boxwoodavenue.com #toastingfromafar

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The sugar on the lemon crystalizes on the BBQ - perfect summer cocktail! boxwoodavenue.com #toastingfromafar

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