Make martinis, margaritas, smoothies, and more cooling drinks that are ready in less than 30 minutes.
Frosty Lemon Martini
We take the lemon to a whole new level in this version of the lemondrop.
Yield: Serves 2
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup crushed ice
6 tablespoons chilled lemon-flavored vodka (3 oz.; see notes)
2 tablespoons chilled lemon-flavored liqueur (1 oz.; see notes)
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 thin strips (3 in. long) lemon peel
1. Pour sugar onto a small, rimmed plate. Rub rims of two martini glasses with lemon wedge to moisten, then dip rims into sugar to coat (see notes).
2. Place ice in a cocktail shaker. Add vodka, liqueur, and lemon juice. Shake until mixture is very cold, about 10 seconds. Strain into glasses. Garnish each with a twist of lemon peel.
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Yield: Serves 2
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1 teaspoon Asian chili paste
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
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1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
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1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
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Yield: Serves 4
1/2 cup lime juice (from about 4 limes)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 boned, skinned chicken breast halves
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