Sous Vide Cocktails for Sunday Night Football

The vodka lemon drop is the pinnacle of sous vide cocktails.

Kickoff Game Day with a Lemon Drop

When life hands you lemons, find your highball glasses and make the darling of mixed libations: a vodka cocktail infused with caramelized lemons. The average bar makes this sweet concoction with bottled lemon juice, citrus vodka, and triple sec, but the true connoisseur uses fresh ingredients and experiments with new ways to elevate the flavor while preserving the drink’s delicate balance.  

This Sunday night, use the sous vide technique to infuse your vodka cocktails with a lovely caramel flavor. Nomiku speeds up the infusion process by heating the alcohol at a fairly low, precisely controlled temperature. Easy to prep, begin the recipe a couple hours before your guests arrive. Serve with zest if the game’s going your way and serve with zest even if things turn sour. We hope you enjoy this recipe from Eat Tendera community-powered app for people who love to sous vide.

Prep time: 20-30 minutes
Sous vide time: 3 hours
Yield: sous vide cocktails for 5



– 3 cups of water
– 2 cups of vodka
– ¾ cup of cane sugar for the infusion
– Additional cane sugar for sprinkling onto lemons
– 3 lemons


Method for the Caramelized Lemon Drop

1. Set your sous vide water bath to 50°C (122°F).

2. Cut your lemons in half widthwise and place them on a baking sheet.

3. Sprinkle cane sugar onto your lemons until the flesh is lightly coated.

4. Set your broiler to high, then broil the lemons until caramelized, a process that should take around 4 minutes. The lemons will look slightly burned like in the photo above.

5. Remove your lemons from the oven and let them cool down before you juice them.

6. Squeeze out as much lemon juice as you can into a bowl while holding each lemon half over a sieve to catch any falling seeds.

7. Pour the lemon juice into a heat-safe gallon-size bag. Add in the rind of one lemon, two cups of vodka, the ¾ cups of sugar, and 2 cups of water.

8. Use the water displacement methodor a vacuum-sealer, to push all the air out of the bag.

9. Cook the mixture with your Nomiku immersion circulator for 3 hours.

10. When everything is ready, take the bag out of the water bath and strain the sous vide cocktails while pouring into highball glasses. Serve with plenty of ice.


How to Win the Best-Selling Sous Vide at Home

Submit your favorite sous vide cocktails to Eat Tender by this Sunday for a chance to win Sous Vide at Home, the cookbook that teaches you to easily harness the power of sous vide technology. All submissions must include a list of ingredients with exact measurements and at least one photo of the finished cocktail. If you need inspiration, we challenge you to think of sous vide cocktails that would go well with sous vide chicken cherry cola hot wings!

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