Belly Up to the Bar for This Lemon Bars Recipe

by Pamela

lemon bars, easy lemon bars, lemon bars recipe, cocktail party recipes

About this time of year, people have worn weary of the shorter gray days and are looking forward to to some sun and heat, that doesn’t come from a hissing radiator or super drying forced air, but alas it’s still early February.  Sure Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, supposedly meaning an early Spring, but tell that to the millions of people that are buried up to their eyeballs in the white stuff (and I’m not making an obscure reference to Charlie Sheen here).  If you’ve ventured out to the stores, you’ve no doubt seen the piles of citrus (it is their time to shine right now) and probably thought about baking up some lemon bars.  I’m no fan of the lemon bar, I like lemons, but not for that.  And being that today’s Friday, I thought I would make a liquid lemon bar.  I made part of this drink in that shiny Sur La Table saucier I’m giving away…you want one?

There seem to be about a billion lemon bars recipes out there and about half of them claim to be easy lemon bars.  I say poppycock!  THIS is an easy lemon bars recipe.  In fact, I would go so far as to claim it’s the easiest lemon bar recipe you’ll ever make.  If nothing else, it’s the one that will make you feel the best after to you consume it.  Or add it to your favorite cocktail party recipes – you won’t be sorry.


And about that giveaway.  On Monday, I posted a recipe for homemade tomato soup.  Wednesday was the chanterelle mushroom pasta recipe.  And today is my version of Lemon Bars.  All of these dishes were made using the 2 qt. saucier pan from Sur La Table that I am giving away.  But this is a package giveaway…Sur La Table has also added a red spatula and Valentine themed dishcloth to the package.


Relationship Advice

Kissing…is there anything else in life, that is this small but can have such a monumental affect on your life as a kiss?

In a new book, Kisstory: A Sweet And Sexy Look At The History Of Kissing, by Joanne Wannan the simple kiss has been de-mystified…sort of.

The word kiss is derived from the German word, kussjan.  I think kiss sounds a bit better, don’t you?

Our “French Kiss” is known as the English Kiss in India, and in France it’s the roulant une pelle which translates to rolling a shovel.  Those French are so romantic aren’t they?

If you thought that onscreen kiss between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis was hot, what do you think they thought of the onscreen girl-girl kiss in Manslaughter way back in 1922?

The great womanizer, Warren Beatty, doesn’t hold a candle to Don Juan who kissed 191 times over the course of a 110 minute film.

Minnesotan Alfred Wolfram beat the World’s record by kissing 8,001 people in 8 hours.  I suppose that beats this slutty girl I saw at a bar the other night (but either way….ewwwww)

The average person spends 336 hours of their life kissing.  That seems kind of low doesn’t it?  We might need to work on that.

One French Kiss can be responsible for transmitting 278 types of bacteria.  Do they make Purell for mouths?



Liquid Lemon Bars Recipe

Makes 2


  • 2 Ounces Bourboon
  • 2 Ounces Brown Sugar Lemon Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 Ounce Lillet Blanc
  • 1/4 Ounce Vanilla Vodka
  • Lemon Wedge
  • 4 Shortbread Cookies
  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar


Combine crumbled shortbread and granulated sugar and pour onto a plate.

Fill a drink shaker with ice.

Add all liquid ingredients to the shaker and shake vigorously.

Rub the rims of 2 glasses with the lemon wedge.

Dip the rims of the glasses into the sugar and cookie crumbs.

Pour contents of shaker into 2 glasses.

Serve with a slice of lemon floating on top.

Brown Sugar Lemon Simple Syrup

Makes 1/2 cup


  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/16 Teaspoon Guar Gum (I use Bob’s Red Mill – can be found in lot’s of grocery stores)


Pour both ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat.

Stir sugar and keep over heat until sugar dissolves.

Whisk in guar gum. (This will cause the syrup to thicken slightly.)

Let cool before using in drinks.

If you don’t have any guar gum, you can use 1/8 teaspoon cornstarch.


So at this point I’m sure you’re wondering how to win this great package.  Well, it’s easy!  There are lots of chances to win.  For starters, the contest will run all this week (from 1/31/2011 – midnight PST 2/6/2011).  All of my recipes this week will be made using this 2 quart saucier (I told you I love it!)

For one entry, leave a comment on my posts (one comment per post will count).

For another entry, follow me on Facebook My Man’s Belly

You can sign up for my newsletter for an additional entry My Man’s Belly Newsletter

For another entry, follow Sur La Table on Twitter @Sur_La_Table

When you sign up for any of these, come back here and leave it in a comment.  You must have a valid e-mail address tied to your comment.  i will e-mail the winner and you will have 24 hours to get back to me.  If you don’t, I will pick a new winner.  This contest is open to residents of the United States only.

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lisaiscooking February 7, 2011 at 9:27 am

The cookie crumbs on the rim are a great touch! I think I might enjoy this even more than an actual lemon bar. And, I agree 336 is not enough hours for kissing!

Laura February 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I love citrus anything. This drink sounds sooooooo good! I can’t wait to try it.

Melonie February 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I follow Sur La Table on twitter @bloggeddown

Melonie February 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Signed up for your newsletter!

Melonie February 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Haha what is this movie… “Manslaughter”?! I must see it!!

Chef Dennis February 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm

those liquid lemon bars look too good!! I would love to enjoy a few of those babies, and no matter how many germs you get, I think I’ll stay with kissing!
hope you had a great weekend

thisenvy February 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm
thisenvy February 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I follow sur_la_table on Twitter too

thisenvy February 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I receive the newsletter!

K.belfield February 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm

This sounds so yummy! Could have used one today, thinking about whipping them up tomorrow.
I am following sur la table on twitter and have added you on facebook. Would love to win the saucier!

thisenvy February 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I follow My Man’s Belly on FB 🙂


thisenvy February 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm

YUM! The lemon bars sound so delish!

Melissa Ardito February 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I love this drink recipe, and I would love the give away!

Kim February 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm

And… Follow Sur La Table on Twitter…

Kim February 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Like you on FB. 🙂

Kim February 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I agree, this is easier than your typical lemon bar recipe. 🙂

I’m going to tell my husband he needs to help me long some more kissing hours!


Brian @ A Thought For Food February 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Signed up on Facebook!

Brian @ A Thought For Food February 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Well, you know I’m a sucker for a good cocktail. This one looks fantastic! I’m going to refrain from talking about the kissing section of the post… Purell for the mouth? Gross!

And now I’ll raise my glass to you… for hosting this awesome giveaway!

Bunkycooks February 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I’m with you…this is my kinda Lemon Bar! 😉 I will definitely have to try one of these cocktails to brighten the dreary days.

Paula February 5, 2011 at 10:54 am

I can`t stop looking at this! It`s absolutely divine and I want to try this…

Have a great time,

Elizabeth February 5, 2011 at 10:08 am

I like lemon bars the traditional way, but have to admit this recipe looks awesome.

Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious February 5, 2011 at 9:16 am

I just signed up to follow @Sur la Table on Twitter.
Jeez….I really want the pot!

Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious February 5, 2011 at 9:12 am

I LIKE you on Facebook.
I really, really LIKE you! (Apologies to Sally Field.)

Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious February 5, 2011 at 9:09 am

Who are you kidding that this serves 2?
Looks beyond delicious!

Jenny February 5, 2011 at 7:29 am

But the way the French say it, it still sounds sexy. 😀

Also, I signed up for your newsletter. … if I had only known sooner…

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