I am in search of a raspberry lemon drop martini. Seriously.
Back in May, when I visited Sarasota, Florida for my daughter's graduation, I had the pleasure of being invited to the Ritz-Carlton hotel for drinks and camaraderie by Paul and Mitch, my brother, and for all intents and purposes, my brother-in-law.
Anyway, they love the Ritz. I'd been there the week before (as you may recall) for the Jeffrey Katzenberg reception and I raved about the high tea service. Fabulous place.
When we all went there for drinks one evening, the waitress suggested their special Raspberry Lemon Drop and I decided, why not?
Well, it was fabulous. Best martini ever. (I confess that martinis have little to no effect on me. Wine will put me to sleep and/or make me slur my words after one glass. Martinis -- nuthin')
Since returning home, I've been searching in vain for a place up here that serves Raspberry Lemon Drops. Anybody have any ideas? I've requested them at places where they weren't on the menu and the bartenders have made valient attempts ... but no luck. I found one on the menu at Buca di Beppo yesterday. Whoa! Ordering that was a mistake! The waitress said she couldn't find any raspberries so she was about to substitute blueberries. Give me a break.
When the bartender finally found some raspberries, she brought them to the table and unceremoniously plopped them into my less-than-tasty Lemon Drop. Yeah. Didn't make it any better, and the unappetizing method of delivery made me question why we decided to eat there in the first place. I won't make that mistake again.
So, does anyone have any ideas where one might find a quality Raspberry Lemon Drop? I swear I'm no lush, I probably have a drink once a month (at the most) -- but that's why it's so important I don't waste my time on bad concoctions.