Balalaika cocktail recipe
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A simple, yet fruity vodka drink. Share with friends and family at your next get-together.
4 people made this
- 2 tablespoons vodka
- 1 tablespoon cointreau
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 slice lemon, for garnish
MethodPrep:1min ›Ready in:1min
- Pour the vodka and cointreau in a highball glass with ice. Add enough lemon juice to reach the halfway point of the glass or to taste. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
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This was pretty good. Surprisingly the cointreau is the dominant flavor, with a sour after taste from the lemon juice. Next time I will try shaking it in a cocktail shaker and straining it into a chilled martini glass, like a lemon drop.-14 Apr 2012
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The recipe was originally made with either cognac or Armagnac either will create one of the most enjoyable brandy cocktails you can mix up. In the modern bar, bourbon is often poured instead (making it technically a bourbon sidecar), and some drinkers enjoy it with premium cherry brandy.
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Please note that there are many ways and variations to make Balalaika. The Balalaika recipe above is the most common way to make this drink, you can always improvise with your own twist and enjoy. You can also find many other variations of this drink on our website, just use our search to see more.
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- 1 ounce, fluid Vodka
- 1 ounce, fluid Cointreau
- ½ ounces, fluid Lemon Juice
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar For Rimming The Glass
- 2 whole Lemon Wedges, One For Garnish, One For Rimming The Glass
This drink can be tart so the sugar rim is highly recommended.
Place a couple of tablespoons of sugar in a shallow dish. Run the edge of a cut lemon around the rim of your cocktail glass and dip the rim into the sugar. Set glass aside.
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