Italian Lemonade and Godmothers

If you’ve come to this blog entry hoping to find quaint stories about my Italian Godmother sipping lemonade, you’re going to be disappointed. You see, today’s entry will introduce 2 cocktails, a godmother and Italian lemonade, and although Zia, my Godmother, might enjoy them, she really has little to do with either.  No, these cocktails came to me by way of my Trusty Traveling Companion, a man who at one time was a rather celebrated bartender in these parts. And with this being an Italian recipe blog, you couldn’t find a better place to present 2 amaretto cocktails. Not only that, since it was he who introduced me to these cocktails, I asked that he supply the images that accompany this post, thereby introducing them to you.

He introduced me to the first cocktail, a godmother, during our first trip together, in Italy. Even if a bit “potent,” it quickly became a favorite and we spent many a cocktail hour sipping godmothers as we penned postcards to friends and family back home. Heaven knows how many actually made it to their destinations but we sure did have a good time writing them. He introduced me to the second cocktail, Italian lemonade, earlier this Summer. Think of it as a godmother-light and, being a bit diluted by the lemonade, it will make a great drink for a Labor Day barbecue or picnic.

Oh! For those of you who googled “Italian godmother lemonade” and, disappointed, found yourselves at this blog but continued to read to this point anyway, I’ve a treat for you. “Justin Bieber,” “Lady Gaga,”  “Casey Anthony,” and “nude pictures of   “.  See? Now you have plenty of misdirected company, each of whom probably far more disappointed than you.

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Godmother Recipe

Ingredients

  • Amaretto di Saronno
  • Stolichnaya Vanilla Vodka
  • lemon slices and/or mint sprigs for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine equal amounts of amaretto and vodka into a cocktail shaker, mix well, and pour into ice-filled “rock” glasses. Add garnish, if desired.

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Italian Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients

  • Amaretto di Saronno
  • Premium Vodka
  • Lemonade (pink optional)
  • Fresh berries, lemon slice, or mint for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. These are best made by the pitcher, or a similarly large amount, following a 7:2:1 ratio. That’s 7 parts lemonade and 2 parts vodka for every 1 part amaretto. Mix thoroughly, pour over ice into tall glasses, and add the garnish of your choice.

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Notes

Pictured, the Italian Lemonades have been served in tall glasses, the rims of which have been dipped in colored sugar. This sugar can be found among the cake decorating supplies of your local grocery or made at home. Just combine 1/3 cup of granulated sugar with a few drops of food coloring. Once you have the sugar, place it in a bowl just wide enough to fit the top of the glass. Start with a clean, dry cocktail glass. Use a lemon slice to moisten its rim and then invert and dip the glass momentarily into the sugar. Remove the glass from the sugar, set upright, and fill with ice and the cocktail, being careful not to over-pour or in any way disturb the sugar-coating.

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47 thoughts on “Italian Lemonade and Godmothers

  1. I just love the pink lemonade with the colored sugar! That drink would by far be my favorite and I could probably drink them way too easily. I mean…that sugar!!!! But I have to say my favorite picture is of the Italian godmother. I love the postcards in the shot and can almost picture myself there. Love the SEO words thrown in the post too!

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  2. Fab, fab! My godmother Zia Luciana loved a drink (or 5) so she would have appreciated these. Love the totally over the top colour of the pink one. Which reminds me…must go and dig out my feather boa to wear while drinking one of these!

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    • I wish I could’ve met your Zia Luciana. We would’ve gotten along just fine. Please, please, PLEASE! If you break out the feather boa, post a pic — maybe a new gravatar image? — so that we can all revel in your fabulosity. And thanks, Tanya, for my first good chuckle of the day. Have a great weekend & Saluti!

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    • Oh, Greg, try a godmother. The 1st one tastes like a potent piece of candy. The 2nd is just candy — and it’s all downhill — or uphill — from there. And I get those weird search terms, too. We should collect them all and write a post listing them. I’ll be sure to check out your archives, though, the next time I overindulge on spaghetti carbonara. Too funny!

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  3. Just came across your blog…this drink sounds delicious, and great story! Love that you included the random search terms at the end. You’re right, the “Beliebers” might be a bit upset/confused when they’re directed here, ha!

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    • Yes, they may come but, as we all know, we bloggers have special powers over the Comments Sections of our blogs. So, let them come! 🙂 Thanks for dropping in and taking the time to comment. Have a great weekend!

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  4. Oh John, you made my weekend just a bit happier….or is that tipsier? The lemonade is perfect for this weekend, I’ve never tried amaretto in lemonade! The Godmother sounds like something I had long ago so I’m excited to try that one!! Now, between you and I, I’m really not a drinker. I can tolerate one drink, two max! But that one drink is all I need and I love to make sure it’s a fabulous tasting drink!! Have a great Labor Day weekend!

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    • Greedy? Heavens, no! There is nothing greedy about scientific research. In fact, you may find that you need 2 of each in order to collect enough data. By the way, you didn’t drive to the “laboratory”, did you? Hope yours is a great wekend, too!

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  5. We’re not calling it Labor Day weekend at our place…It’s August Recovery Day. I just might have to re-think my mixed-drink ban for one of these.
    Amaretto has a special place in my taste-memory. Growing up, my best friend’s mom was from Verona…when Mama cooked, she would let us run a finger around the neck of the bottle – “Just a taste now, girls!”

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    • Great memory. “Mama” sounds like any one of the women in my extended family. You on the Eastern Seaboard have earned the right to not only call Labor whatever you wish but to use as many expletives as you deem fit to describe August, 2011. It’s in the Constitution or Federalist Papers somewhere.Trust me. 😉

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    • That is is, Christina, and you can easily vary its strength by adjusting the amount of vodka. That’s why they make such a great backyard barbecue drink. Speaking of which, have a great holiday weekend!

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  6. You made me chuckle with your clever writing. No Amaretto at the cottage so I can’t have one of your cocktails at the dock. When I get back to New Hampshire, I’ll have a Godmother on the front porch and think about you or Lady Gaga…no definitely you. Great post.

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    • Thank you, Karen. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. That’s the thing about godmothers. Whether you’re writing post cards while abroad or at home sitting on your front porch, you’ll find a godmother is perfect for the occasion — with or without Lady Gaga.

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    • Well, if it makes you feel better, this afternoon with a godmother in-hand, I’ll look to the West and drink to your health. And, if as I suspect, that does nothing for you, then, Buddy, head for the border!

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  7. This is my kind of drink!! I often make a drink with vodka, fresh lemons, sugar, and tonic water. If I say something outlandish on social media, this is what I am under the influence of! I have some amaretto on my shelf that is calling my name now…
    – Michael

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    • Yeah, Michael, I know exactly what you mean! Some of those sites should require a password and a breathalyzer test to get in. How do you keep amaretto on a shelf? It disappears pretty quickly around here.

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  9. I keep telling myself I need to try a Godmother, because it’s all ingredients I like so very well, but do I ever remember to order one? No, I do not! My own godmother would roll in her grave at the perfidy of it. So now I’ll just have to make my own, now that you’ve given me a dandy recipe for it. Godma Nancy would approve! The lemonade sound tasty as heck too, but more ideal for cooling a blistering Texas summer day, so I’ll keep that one handy for later. Thanks for the tips!

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    • You really must try a Godmother, Kathryn. It’s my cocktail of choice, depending upon the setting, and it never disappoints. If you do order it when out, just be prepared to give the wait person the recipe because so few have heard of it. Believe me, it’s their loss!

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  10. No disappointment here John! I had never heard of the Godmother drink and I love it.
    I am thinking of Christmas Eve with the mint sprigs and a candy cane in it!! Amaretto and vanilla vodka.., yum!!

    Then I scrolled down to the lemonade; WOW! Love the pink lemonade and the colour. And I absolutely love the sugary rim!! Love the pictures of both 🙂

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    • Thanks, Judy, for always being so complimentary and encouraging. Both cocktails are great, though I’m quite partial to the Godmothers. They served me well on many a trip overseas. My Traveling Companion & I would joke that we should send the woman at Frankfurt airport’s Duty Free shop a Christmas card. Whenever our flights connected in Frankfurt, we would be sure to buy amaretto and vanilla vodka before boarding our next flight. 🙂

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  11. I don’t know which I like better, amaretto and lemonade or your Internet misdirection LOL. On a random side note, we didn’t know who Justin Bieber was until a year ago when Joan Rivers was critiquing him on Fashion Police and then for the longest time the hubby thought his name was “Justin Beaver.” Yes, we live in a cave, but a very happy one 🙂

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    • You’ll look fondly upon those BB (Before Bieber) days. Innocence lost, indeed. 🙂
      On the other hand, you’re living in an area where you could last this long without knowing of Bieber or his Belibers? Heaven on Earth.

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