How to Roast Your Hard Lemonade

Roasted Lemon and Bay Leaf Hard Lemonade Photo © Con Poulos
By Justin Chapple Posted September 30, 2014

Roasting citrus makes it more intense and fragrant. The inspiration for this roasted citrus drink is an incredible cocktail at Monica Pope’s Sparrow Bar + Cookshop in Houston.

Roasting citrus makes it more intense and fragrant. The inspiration for this roasted citrus drink is an incredible cocktail at Monica Pope’s Sparrow Bar + Cookshop in Houston.

In a small roasting pan, roast 3 lemons quartered lengthwise with 3 fresh bay leaves at 400° for about 20 minutes, until the lemons are softened and browned in spots. Scrape the lemons, bay leaves and any pan juices into a large pitcher. Muddle with 1 cup superfine sugar, 3 cups water and 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons vodka. Let cool, then refrigerate until chilled. Strain the lemonade through a sieve into 6 ice-filled glasses. Top each drink with 3 tablespoons club soda and garnish with a lemon wheel and a bay leaf.

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