Friday, March 2, 2012

Lemon Poppyseed Cake Martini

Lemon poppy seed cake, is something that has been on my mind this week.  It sounds so good, light lemon scented cake which melts in my mouth with a hint of lemon and the crunch of poppyseeds!  Maybe it is because I have seen lots of lemon poppyseed delights on other blogs this week, and they all looked so good they have me dreaming about lemon poppyseed cake. 

Sadly I have never made one for myself.  I have heard many stories from my Mom about this really delicious lemon almond poppyseed cake my Great Grandmother used to make when she was a kid.  Makes me wish I had the recipe but it was lost over the years and Great Grandma is no longer with us.  I will create my own recipe sometime soon, but not this week, because I didn't have time to bake a cake. 

However, I am not one to ignore a craving, so when I was creating a martini I decided to make one with all of the delicious flavors of a lemon poppyseed cake!  I used lemon infused vodka, as well as fresh lemon juice for an intense lemon flavor, as well as some agave vanilla syrup for sweetness, and amaretto for a hint of almond.  At the bottom of the glass, befor pouring in the drink I put a little poppyseeds and full fat coconut milk as sort of the reverse "glaze" on the cake.  I garnished the rim with sugar and poppyseeds as it is a lemon poppyseed cake martini!  It was delicious!  Tart and sweet lemon with a hint of almond and vanilla, refreshing and when I got towards the bottom of the drink, silky and creamy due to the coconut milk.  It was a wonderful alternative to baking the cake!  I will have to get to that cake soon, but for now I am happy!  If you would like to enjoy it yourself, here is the recipe!

Lemon Poppyseed Cake Martini
Makes 1
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp black poppyseeds
6 large ice cubes
4 oz lemon infused vodka
1 oz Amaretto
1 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp agave vanilla bean syrup*
1 Tbsp full fat coconut milk
black poppyseeds
lemon slices for garnish

To make rim, place agave nectar on  a small plate, and poppyseeds and sugar on another.  Dip rim of martini glass into the agave nectar, then into the poppyseed sugar mixture, and place in the freezer to chill while you make drink.  In a martini shaker add the ice, vodka, lemon juice, vanilla bean syrup, and place top on shaker. Shake until well blended. Remove glass from freezer and sprinkle a few poppyseeds into the bottom of the glass and top with 1 Tbsp coconut milk.  Pour the drink over the top of the coconut milk into the glass through a strainer, and serve with a lemon garnish!
*Agave Vanilla Bean Syrup:
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup agave nectar
seeds of one vanilla bean
Heat water until boiling, remove from heat and whisk in agave nectar and vanilla beans, until nectar is dissolved. Chill well before using in drinks. Makes 1/2 cup syrup


  1. Happy Friday, Amy - CHEERS! =)) This immediately caught my attention and is now on my "to do" list. Oh how I love Amaretto and with lemon AND vanilla? Yes, please! Thanks for sharing =))

  2. You are so creative, Amy! This is so cool.

  3. Another great one from the Queen of cocktails! I love the way you take the time to create a cocktail recipe, rather than just tossing ingredients in a glass.

  4. Awesome recipe...a must to try


  5. This is so creative :) Basically drinking a cake hahaa love that idea ~

  6. LOL Amy - still making your famous Martinis! I have yet to have one in my entire life! Where have I BEEN?!! I am 55 years old. ;) Have a super weekend.

  7. You really are the queen of cocktails! My cheeks are puckering just reading the list of ingredients! I love the combinaton ... liquid lemon poppy seed cake. I'm so going to enjoy drinking cake!

  8. Oh yeah, Congrats on Top 9!!

  9. Love this, Amy! But I would expect no less from the Queen of Cocktails!! :) The poppy seeds are such a lovely and unexpected garnish. Cheers!!

  10. Great recipe--great balance of flavors! Love the poppy seed adornment on the rim, this looks delish!!

  11. This is genius! If there is one thing that makes me remember my childhood, it's lemon poppyseed cake. In a drink? Almost too good to be true :)

  12. I love this idea!! I love lemon poppyseed cake and would have never thought about making it into a drink! You could seriously write a book just on cocktails! :)