This Lemon Drop Martini recipe is a perfectly balanced cocktail of sweet and tart. A simple libation to whip up, as few ingredients are needed.
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What is in a Lemon Drop Martini
This Lemon Drop Martini is simple to make and a perfect combination of sweet and sour. The key here is to use good quality vodka and fresh lemon juice, as that is basically what the drink consists of.
3 oz. vodka
2 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 oz. simple syrup
3 tsp. superfine sugar (for the glasses)
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
How To Make a Lemon Drop Martini
Simple syrup is a mainstay in so many cocktails. It lasts a long time in the refrigerator, so make up a batch and have it ready for all your cocktail making. Its name says it all as it is so simple to make.
In a saucepan combine sugar and water and bring to a boil. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Let cool, pour into a container, and refrigerate until cold.
This will keep in the refrigerator for 3 months so you can make this again and again. Or use it with other cocktails.
Chill two martini glasses in the freezer for at least 5 min. In a shaker, pour in the vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and 1/2 cup of ice.
Coat the rim of the glasses with lemon juice and dip in the fine sugar. Shake the cocktail rigorously and then pour it into each glass evenly.
Garnish with a lemon twist or lemon wedge.
How to Change it up / Variations
With this cocktail, you can really make your own with a few simple changes. Have fun making it!
If you like it stronger, increase the amount of Vodka. Or you can also add in an orange liqueur such as Triple Sec or Cointreau.
If you like it sweeter, add more simple syrup.
Switch it up by adding some limoncello for an even stronger lemon taste or a citron vodka.
You can also add other syrups than simple syrup. How about some elderflower, lavender, or orange to enhance the taste of the Cointreau?
Make it a frozen Lemon Drop Martini by adding all ingredients and more ice into your blender and blend until desired consistency has been reached.
And for a rim trim variation, add some lemon zest to the granulated sugar that you use for the sugar rim.
Can I make this ahead?
For the best taste, these should be made right before serving.
Can I make more?
Totally, just increase the amount for each ingredient, but keep the ratio like stated in the recipe.
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A friend of mine, Andrea, and a fellow blogger originally made this cocktail. She has a very nice site filled with fantastic recipes. I also love the name of her site, Quest For Delish. Isn’t that the quest we all should be on!!! Here is her “delish” cocktail.
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- 3 oz. vodka
- 2 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 oz. simple syrup
- 3 tsp. fine white sugar (for the glasses)
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- In a saucepan, combine sugar and water and bring to a boil.
- Stir until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Let cool, pour into a container, and refrigerate until cold.
- This will keep in the refrigerator for 3 months so you can make this again and again. Or use it with other cocktails.
- Chill two martini glasses in the freezer for at least 5 min.
- In a shaker, pour in the vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and 1/2 cup of ice.
- Rim the glasses with lemon juice and dip in the fine sugar.
- Shake the cocktail rigorously and then pour it into each glass evenly.
- Garnish with a lemon twist or lemon wedge.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 565Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 121gFiber: 0gSugar: 120gProtein: 0g
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