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The Lituation

The Lituation is a spirited conversation over drinks.


The Lituation is where I share my favorite wines, spirits, cocktails and concoctions …, sometimes paired with a book.


Sometimes not.

Took a sip, then another sip then someone said to me…



My current situation. A lituation.



The Lemon Drop is one of my favorite cocktails!

I recently learned that it was popular in the 80s, though originated during the 1970s in San Francisco.

Hillstone on Park Avenue South in Manhattan [pictured above and shot by P] makes it best.

It’s lusciously balanced — not too tart, not too sweet.

Serve it at your next book club:

Mix the following in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake vigorously:

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 3 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • *Pour into a martini glass.
  • Garnish with lemon twist.

*My preference is to serve it [and sip it] with a sugared lip. If you have the time, before you mix your cocktail, treat your guests to a sweet rim:

  • Pour sugar into a shallow bowl or dish.
  • Slice a fresh lemon and rub the wedge around the rim of the glass.
  • Place each glass upside down in the sugar.
  • Gently twist and turn the glass to ensure the entire rim is covered.
  • Turn your glass right side up.
  • Carefully pour your cocktail mixture into each glass as not to disturb the sugared lip. 


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