This Lemon Drop Martini will make you feel like you are at a high end bar right in your own home. Made with just a few simple ingredients and served in a perfect sugar rimmed martini glass, this lemon drop martini recipe is going to become your new favorite!
One of my favorite things to order when I go out for a fancy dinner is a martini. I love a good Dirty Martini, but if it is towards the end of dinner and I am in the mood for something sweeter, a Lemon Drop Martini is the thing that totally hits the spot. A lemon drop tastes lemony sweet, with the perfect balance of sweet and sour.
EASY ENOUGH TO MAKE AT HOME
Would you believe that you don’t have to wait to go out for a fancy dinner to to have a lemon drop martini? This lemon drop martini recipe is so simple, it is easy enough to make at home. It combines just three ingredients to make a decadent cocktail that will feel like dessert.
LEMON DROP MARTINI INGREDIENTS
This lemon drop martini recipe comes together perfectly with just a few ingredients.
Start with quality vodka. I love using Titos in this recipe, but you find something you love. If you don’t love the vodka, you won’t like this recipe. Make sure it is something smooth.
Next, you need simple syrup. I love making my own simple syrup and keeping a jar of it on hand in the refrigerator, but you can also buy it in the liquor section of your grocery store. The sweetness of the simple syrup is the perfect balance against the sour of our next ingredient.
Finally, you need fresh lemon juice. It is really important, since there are only three ingridients in this recipe that one of them is fresh lemon juice and not bottled. Buy lemons that are firm but with a slight give to them. Microwave them for 10 seconds to help them release their juice. You can also try rolling your lemons between your hand and the counter. Strain the lemon juice to remove any pulp and seeds.
THE LIMONCELLO QUESTION
Some have asked me if you can make a lemon drop martini with limoncello. Don’t get me wrong, I love limoncello with all my heart, but I would stick to lemon juice for this recipe. It brings a freshness to this recipe that perfectly balances the simple syrup and vodka.
HOW TO MAKE A LEMON DROP MARTINI
Let’s start by prepping our glass!
Grab a stemmed martini glass. Rim the glass with with a lemon juice. This will help the sugar stick. Now dip the rim of the glass in granulated sugar. If you want to get fancy you could add a little lemon zest to the sugar before rimming.
Now grab your metal martini shaker. I love using metal because it makes your drink ice cold. Fill the shaker with ice.
Add the remaining ingredients to the martini shaker. Don’t forget to strain the lemon juice!
You can finish by adding a lemon curl! A simple way to make a lemon curl is by cutting a slice of lemon, cutting a small slice in it, removing the inside of the lemon and then curling the peel around a chopstick until it makes a nice curl.
OTHER GREAT MARTINI RECIPES YOU WILL LOVE
Let’s not stop with the lemon drop! Here are some other great martinis I know you will love:
- This SAKETINI is a lesser known martini that I absolutely love!
- If dessert drinks are still on your mind, make sure to make my CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY MARTINI.
- And you don’t have to wait for the holidays to make this WHITE CHRISTMAS MARTINI! Just look at the garnishment.
If you make this Lemon Drop Martini recipe or any of my other martini recipes, please leave me a comment so I know what you think!
Lemon Drop Martini
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice about half a lemon. strained to remove seeds and pulp
- sugar for garnishing the glass
- Fill a martini shaker with ice.
- Rub a lemon wedge around the edge of a martini glass. Dip the glass in sugar.
- Add the vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the martini shaker. Shake to combine.
- Pour into the prepared glass.