Smokin Lemon

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 1 drink
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1 lemon, cut in half

1 1/4 ounces Simple Syrup, recipe follows

1 ounce gin

1/4 ounce smoky single malt Scotch (from Islay for the smokiness), such as Lagavulin

1 1/2 ounces prosecco

Simple Syrup:

1 cup sugar


  1. Prepare a grill pan or grill for high heat.
  2. Grill one of the lemon halves cut-side down until charred, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly, then squeeze the juice from it into a small bowl--you should have about 1 ounce. Cut a thick wheel of lemon from the other half and grill on both sides until charred, 3 to 5 minutes; set aside.
  3. Add the lemon juice, Simple Syrup, gin and Scotch to a cocktail shaker, add large ice and shake vigorously. Add a fresh large ice cube to a highball glass with tongs and double-strain the cocktail into the glass over the cube. Top with the prosecco and garnish with the charred lemon wheel.

Simple Syrup:

  1. Combine the sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Keep covered in the refrigerator up to 1 month.
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