Cocktail Loritini Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson |

Bring in the weekend with a sugar-rimmed glass and a lemony cocktail!


Lemon-vodka cocktails are popular with women around the country, but some ingredients can be expensive, such as Limoncello and Cointreau. My friend Lori made this recipe budget-friendly, and to honor her thrifty-yet-celebratory spirit, I’ve named the cocktail after her. To make this drink really special, try it with homemade with lemonade!

For my lemonade, I like to use Meyer Lemons, a unique breed of lemon. Food historians believe Meyer lemons may be a tangerine hybrid since they possess an incredible and complex flavor. You can practically eat this tart fruit on its own, which allows you to cut back on the sugar in your lemonade.


Prep Details

Servings: 1


1.5 oz vodka

1.5 oz Triple Sec or Cointreau



Homemade Lemonade, recipe follows

Homemade Lemonade

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup water(for simple syrup)

4 to 6 Meyer lemons(enough for 1 cup of juice)

3 to 4 cups cold water, for dilution


  Photo: Julia Burgi

Photo: Julia Burgi

To Make Lemonade:
Bring the sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil until the sugar has dissolved completely to make simple syrup. Allow to cool. While the simple syrup cools, juice the lemons to extract 1 cup of lemon juice. Add the juice and simple syrup to a pitcher with 3 to 4 cups of water, depending on what strength you want the lemonade. Refrigerate for 30 to 40 minutes and adjust to taste with lemon juice, for tartness, or water, for strength.

To Make Cocktail:
Place sugar on a plate. Wet the outer edge of the martini glass with a damp towel, turn it upside-down and coat the rim of the glass with sugar from the plate. Combine vodka, triple sec, about 1/2 cup of ice in a martini shaker and top off with lemonade. Mix for 10-15 seconds and pour into the sugar-rimmed martini glass.