Davenport’s Lemon Drop Martini hits the spot


Maureen from British Columbia recently sent a wistful note, asking for the recipe for the Davenport Hotel’s lemon drop martini.

“Whenever we go to Spokane (my hometown) we have a Lemon Drop in the lobby of the hotel. It’s the best part of our trip,” she wrote in an e-mail message.

Davenport Hotel communications director Tom McArthur kindly rounded up the recipe for the Peacock Room Lemon Drop Martini.

“Our bartenders strongly recommend making your own sour mix; it makes a huge difference in taste,” he says.

The recipe below is for a double martini. They’re served in the Peacock Room in a 10-ounce glass.

“Most martini glasses are smaller then this; simply adjust the recipe to the size of glass and your own personal preference, sweet or sour,” McArthur says.

By the way, if making one at home isn’t in the cards, you can hit the Peacock Lounge on Tuesday nights when the Lemon Drop Martini is on special for $7 instead of $10.


Peacock Room Lemon Drop Martini

From The Peacock Room Lounge, Davenport Hotel and Tower, Spokane

21/2 ounces Stoli Citrus Vodka

1 ounces Bols Triple Sec

2 ounces homemade lemon sour mix (see note)

Put all the ingredients together in a shaker with ice and a lemon wedge. Shake well strain into chilled martini glass with a sugared rim. To sugar the glass rim, rub a lemon wedge around the rim of the glass and then dip into sugar. Use the same lemon to garnish the drink.

Note: To make lemon sour mix, combine equal parts simple syrup and Charlie’s lemon juice concentrate. The lemon juice concentrate can be purchased from Charlie’s Produce for $11.50 for a 1-gallon container. Call (509) 535-7393 to place an order.

Simple syrup can be purchased or made at home by combining equal parts sugar to water. Bring the water to a boil. Dissolve sugar in the boiling water. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool completely. The syrup can be stored in the refrigerator.

Yield: 1 double martini

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