This last week I made some fresh lemon curd for brunch with some friends. Lemon curd is light, both sweet and tart, and is a fantastic addition to any brunch. Not only that, it is ridiculously easy to make on your own!
Start by mixing together the eggs, sugar and lemon juice (freshly squeezed please) in a double boiler set on medium-low. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. This usually takes about ten minutes. Remove from heat and add in the butter and lemon zest. Stir until the butter is completely melted into the mixture. Now you can either just cover and cool in the fridge, or you can take the extra step of straining the mixture through a fine sieve to remove any chunks of egg that may have formed. I usually skip this last step as any little bits are usually too small to be noticed.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
5 Tbsp unsalted butter (room temp)
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon zest
Now that we have our lemon curd, lets make a drink with it!
Breakfast themed cocktails have been on the rise as of late, and a good number of them seem to include such ingredients as black tea, lemon, marmalade, jams, honey, etc. Since I love all of these things, I had to go with the flow and mimic the masses, albeit with my own twists.
I started with an earl grey infused genever, added some homemade lemoncello and lemon curd, included a generous dash of simple syrup, and finished it all off with some lemon bitters. The resulting drink is fantastic; with the biscuity malt, astringent tea, and lemon flavors all coming together in harmony. Give it a try, I am sure you will like it. Cheers!
Tea and Crumpets
1 1/2 oz Tea-infused Genever
1/2 oz Lemoncello
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
2 barspoons Lemon Curd