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Easy Lemon Drop Martini Recipe with Recipe Video

by on July 1, 2010 · 10 comments


Serve this easy drinking lemon drop martini extra cold. It has the perfect combination of sour and sweet. This is one of our absolute favorite cocktails to make at home. Period. (Make sure you watch our quick recipe video above for to see how we make it).

Three Rules for the Perfect Lemon Drop Martini

Rule 1: Use real lemon juice. Nothing from a bottle, instead use freshly squeezed lemon juice. You can see in our lemon drop martini recipe video that we used fresh lemon juice — it’s so worth it. (By the way, if you’ve got some time, we’ve got lots of delicious recipes with fresh lemon around here).

Rule 2: Use good vodka. By good, we mean something you actually enjoy. For us, that means we’ll splurge a bit and reach for something close, if not on the top shelf. We’ve used Grey Goose and Belvedere, but to be honest, usually stick to our stand-bys, which are Kettle One  and Stolichnaya (Stoli). Again, use a vodka you enjoy the flavor of — they do all differ, so go with your gut.

Rule 3: Keep things cold. A lukewarm martini is no fun, so be sure to shake the heck out of that lemon drop martini– if you want to go the extra mile, chill the martini glasses, too.

A Lemon Drop with Lemon-Sugar Rim

To make this lemon drop martini extra special, we made a simple lemon sugar to dip the rim of our glasses into. You could certainly stick with plain sugar, but since you’ve already bought all those lemons for the fresh lemon juice, you might as well whip up this zesty sugar, right?

It’s an easy recipe, really — 1/2 cup of sugar plus the zest of one lemon. Mix it all up then watch as the oils from the lemon zest ooze out into the sugar.

Lemon Sugar - Lemon Drop Martini with Recipe Video (Don't Forget to Watch our Recipe Video)

One more thing — you’ll need simple syrup for this. You could buy simple syrup at the store for convienence, but if you would prefer to make it at home, follow our step-by-step instructions for how to make simple sugar. (We made it in our recipe video, too — it only takes a few minutes).

There you have it, when making a lemon drop martini, they must be ridiculously cold, use freshly squeezed lemon juice and have a sugar rim (preferably a lemon sugar rim).

After one (or two) of these fabulous cocktails, we were definitely smiling!

Easy Lemon Drop Martini Recipe Video (Don't Forget to Watch our Recipe Video)

If you enjoyed this recipe, take a glance at some of our other vodka drinks. Or, you may like a few of these:

Easy Lemon Drop Martini Recipe with Recipe Video
 
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There are three rules for making the perfect lemon drop.

Rule 1: Use real lemon juice — it’s so worth it.

Rule 2: Use good vodka. By good, we mean something you actually enjoy. For us, that means we’ll splurge a bit and reach for something close, if not on, the top shelf. We’ve used Grey Goose and Belvedere, but to be honest, usually stick to our stand-bys, which are Kettle One and Stoli. Again, use something you like the taste of — they do all differ, so go with your gut.

Rule 3: Keep things cold. A lukewarm martini is no fun, so be sure to shake the heck out of that lemon drop — if you want to go the extra mile, chill the glasses, too.
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You Will Need
FOR Lemon Drop Martini
  • 2 ounces Citron Vodka
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • ice
  • lemon wedge
  • lemon sugar
  • edible flowers, if desired
FOR Lemon Sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
Directions
FOR Lemon Drop Martini
  1. Moisten the rim of each martini glass with a lemon wedge, turn the glass upside down and twist into the lemon sugar (recipe below), set aside.
  2. Add vodka, Cointreau (or triple sec), lemon juice, simple syrup and a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker, and then shake for 30 seconds to a minute.
  3. Strain cocktail into martini glass and garnish, if desired, with an edible flower.
FOR Lemon Sugar
  1. Rub the sugar and zest together with fingers, and then place on a plate.
Notes and Tips
Simple syrup can be purchases in some stores — we have seen it at Trader Joe’s, however, if you are unable to purchase it, it is quite easy to make at home. To see how to make it at home, see how to make simple syrup.

Since we love this recipe so much, we’ve made a quick recipe video for a lemon drop cocktail.
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10 Comments

1 Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon July 1, 2010 at 10:20 am

I bet those cocktails tasted every bit as good as they look. Would it be inappropriate to sip one of these at my desk this afternoon?

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2 inspiredtaste July 1, 2010 at 10:22 am

I won’t tell if you don’t tell :)

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3 Eliana July 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm

This sounds like the perfect way to get the vacation bug.

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4 Steph July 2, 2010 at 10:15 am

Marmalade is beautiful! I’d love a lemon drop martini right now – might help motivate me to work on the Friday before a holiday!

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5 Toni March 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Perfect! I was tasked with providing lemon drops for a friend’s birthday and settled in for the arduous task of trying several recipes. I tried yours first and went no further. Often I think lemon drops can be too sweet or too overpowering in flavor. Yours was amazing, had a great balance and went down a little too easy. Ask me again tomorrow morning!

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6 Tate May 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Found this recipe via Google and have gone through several bottles of Citron since then, not to mention forwarding the link three times upon request. Perfect recipe! I’ve taken to having a lemon drop after work for the past two weeks now! (uh oh.) Thanks for sharing.

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