Feeding Friends: Oscar Night Gravitinis

Lemon and Vodka Martinis
Ever since an unfortunate night of mistranslations and failed ordering in Majorca, I’ve had a hard time looking at a gin martini without turning green. But that’s a story to be told over a different kind of cocktail…

I’m always reminded at my friend Adam’s Super Bowl party how much I like vodka martinis with a twist. Every year his family friend Eddie wears corduroy pants with little martini glasses all over them and plays bartender for the night. One year, he bought Adam a matching smoking jacket for his birthday. So basically, this is the best possible person to get you back on the martini bandwagon.

Anyhow, now that I’ve been reminded that vodka can be a beautiful thing, and not just what you’re forced to drink with miscellaneous mixers at “da club,” I thought I’d make it the center of attention in these Oscar night Gravitinis.

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I finally saw Gravity in 3D over the weekend, during some very necessary only child “me time.” I loved the movie. But it was very stressful. So much so that I probably could have used one of these afterwards.

Lemon and Vodka Martinis

Stay tuned for more Oscar party recipes coming up later in the week.

And don’t forget to tune in today at noon for my first ever #WellnessWednesday hangout on Google+! A recap on the blog next week.


Recipes Lemon and Vodka Martinis

Lemon and Vodka Martinis a.k.a. Gravitinis

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Lemon and Vodka Martinis a.k.a. Gravitinis

Adapted from Giada de Laurentis.


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 large lemons)
  • 1/2 cup chilled vodka
  • 1 cup chilled prosecco


  1. Place 4 large martini glasses in the freezer. Combine the sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl, and whisk until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Combine 1/4 cup lemon syrup and the vodka in a martini shaker. Add ice cubes. Cover and shake 8 to 10 times, then strain the mixture equally into 4 very cold martini glasses (about 3 tablespoons each). Add 1/4 cup chilled sparkling wine to each glass. Garnish each martini with lemon peel and serve very cold.

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6 Responses to Feeding Friends: Oscar Night Gravitinis

  1. Frankie says:

    This looks delicious, though I prefer my martinis ultra dry, gin with a smidge of vermouth, to be drunk sitting on the floor so I don’t have far to fall when I pass out….I have to miss your Google get-together but I’m sure it’ll go great!

  2. Phil Wramone says:

    Almost 1/4 cup of sugar per drink? This sounds unappetizing.

  3. Kathy says:

    It sound similar to a Lemon Drop. Too much sugar for me. I like my martinis dry with vermouth in and out.

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