Lemon Meringue Martini (With Gin and Limoncello)
Lemon Meringue Cocktail – glossy sweet meringue crowns lend sophistication to a tangy and feisty lemon dessert martini. Fresh lemon juice, gin, and limoncello fuse for a lively taste sensation.
Take a citrus-forward gin, add a classic Italian Limoncello, pair that with a creamy smooth meringue float, garnished with an edible flower, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a lemon meringue cocktail!
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Why We Love This Lemon Meringue Martini Recipe
Not just love, I mean Wow at first sight! Lively, sophisticated, and elegant, the first sip of a lemon meringue martini is a double Wow!
- Complex spirited notes of lemon and citrus
- Full silky mouth texture
- Impressive and beautiful presentation
- Charming edible flowers take this lemon meringue cocktail to the next level
Ingredients For Your Lemon Meringue Cocktail
You can definitely use a London Dry Gin and still have an energetic and delicious dessert cocktail. However, if you select a New Western Style Gin for this lemon meringue drink, you will get more depth and complexity.
The Meringue Topping
- Egg White – Pasteurized eggs are best since they are not being cooked for this gin and limoncello dessert cocktail.
- Granulated Sugar – is whipped into the egg white for a thicker, glossy white foam that is more stable and can stand longer without losing its volume and elasticity.
- Edible Flowers – to garnish and add that special pizazz!
The Gin And Limoncello Cocktail
- Gin – I recommend using a citrus-forward gin.
- Limoncello – is a glorious tart, sweet, and lemon-infused Italian liqueur. Did you know you can make homemade limoncello?
- Lemon Juice – fresh is always best, but after just one of these lemon meringue drinks, you won’t know the difference!
- Ice – you need 1” cubed ice for the best aeration and minimum dilution to chill a lemon meringue drink thoroughly.
How To Make A Lemon Meringue Martini
(full printable recipe at the end of this post)
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- Make the meringue topping by whisking the egg white and sugar until the mixture is bright white, smooth, and glossy; then set aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with mixing ice (large ice cube size), and add the gin and limoncello cocktail ingredients. Shake that baby vigorously until the shaker feels very cold, about 15-20 seconds.
- Strain the lemon meringue martini into coupe glasses and, using a spoon, add the meringue mixture on top of the meringue drink and garnish.
Lemon Meringue Cocktail Recipe Notes
Meringue drinks usually contain raw egg whites. The USDA does require pasteurization for all egg products to kill off food-borne illnesses. Still concerned? Boxed/carton liquid egg whites are hit twice with pasteurization, so the egg white is considered safe to eat or drink.
No worries if you aren’t on board with consuming a raw egg! You can use aquafaba liquid (chickpea) to create a foamy meringue. See the Lemon Meringue Martini FAQs section for more info.
If your “wild” still refuses to come out and play, skip the meringue topping altogether. Or, fake it with a bit of whipped cream; after all, it is a dessert cocktail! (I promise not to tell)
A lemon meringue cocktail doesn’t require a super-stiff meringue mixture. As long as the egg white and sugar foam appear white and glossy, it will float angelically atop this dynamic lemon meringue martini.
We used edible violas to garnish this meringue drink with gin and limoncello; double-check edible flowers before using them.
Edible Flowers For Cocktail Garnish
You can grow violas in your garden along with quite a few other varieties of edible flowers. They are super easy to grow and very easy to look after.
If you don’t want to grow them from seed you can usually find them at the local nursery, farmers’ market, garden center, and sometimes the larger stores that sell garden items such as compost. They are in season in the spring and cheap to buy. They are happiest in smaller pots as opposed to being planted in the ground.
All types of viola/pansy are edible.
NOTE: When sourcing flowers for garnishes, make sure they are pesticide-free or food grade.
Lemon Meringue Martini FAQs
With few exceptions, cocktails like lemon meringue martinis should be made on-demand, and be prepared for the demand!
What is a coupe glass?
A coupe (küp) is broad, bowl-shaped stemware historically used for champagne and sparkling wine. Quaffers realized the shallow, wide surface area caused the champagne to go flat and lifeless quickly.
Thanks to a new breed of mixologists, a coupe glass is used for shaken or stirred strained cocktails, like this lemon meringue cocktail.
Does ice cube size matter?
Heck yeah! Ice cube size does matter when you want an icy cold cocktail and very little liquor dilution like in a lemon meringue martini! Due to less overall surface area, larger ice cube size melts more slowly, so your elegantly crafted dessert cocktail gets cold without getting watered down.
A good rule of thumb is a 1-1.25” ice cube size will perfectly chill and aerate a meringue drink in 15-20 seconds.
What do egg whites do in a drink?
Egg white meringue adds a silky foam texture and enriches the mouthfeel of a meringue drink.
What is aquafaba?
Aquafaba is an egg-free (vegan) substitute that mimics an egg white foam/meringue when aerated by whipping. A white bean liquid, like garbanzo or cannellini, will give you a whiter meringue with an almost indiscernible taste, especially when mixed with other ingredients.
For one large egg white, substitute two tbs of aquafaba. Try it! You might like it when you need an egg white, and all you have is a can of beans on hand!
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For the meringue topping
- 1 large egg white
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
For the cocktail:
- 4 ounces gin
- 2 ounces limoncello
- 2 ounces lemon juice
- edible flower (optional garnish)
- To make the meringue topping add the egg white and sugar to a bowl. Whisk until the mixture is bright white, smooth, and glossy (this goes quickly with an electric mixer). Set aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add the gin, limoncello, and lemon juice to the cocktail shaker.
- Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels very cold.
- Strain into coupe glasses.
- Use a spoon to add the meringue mixture on top of the cocktail. It will float!
- Serve with (optional) edible flower and enjoy.
- This cocktail contains raw egg. If you are not comfortable consuming raw egg you can use the liquid from a can of chickpeas (aquafaba) or skip the meringue topping completely.
- For this cocktail, we are not aiming to get a stiff meringue mixture so it doesn’t matter if the egg white and sugar is still a little runny. As long as its appearance is bright white and glossy it will float when added to the cocktail.
- The meringue topping will sit nicely on top of the cocktail for several hours and won’t sink. It will harden eventually so we do recommend you prepare the cocktails with the intention of drinking them immediately.
- The serving size is approximate and may vary depending on the size of your glassware.
- We used edible violas to garnish this cocktail, please make sure you check if garnish is edible before using.
- You can grow the violas in your garden along with quite a few other varieties of edible flowers. They are super easy to grow and very easy to look after. If you don't want to grow them from seed you can usually find them at the local nursery, farmers' market, garden center, and sometimes the larger stores that sell garden items such as compost. They are in season at this time of year and cheap to buy. They are happiest in smaller pots as opposed to being planted in the ground. All types of viola/pansy are edible.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 466Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 44mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 0gSugar: 64gProtein: 3g
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