Lemon Drop Martini is a perfect combination of sweet and sour in a refreshing cocktail. This classic cocktail has only four ingredients – good quality vodka, fresh lemon juice, orange liqueur, and sweetener. It’s a perfect cocktail to have with, before, or after dinner.
LEMON DROP MARTINI
This is one of my favorite vodka martinis out there and I am not the only one. Perfectly refreshing sweet and sour flavor combination makes this cocktail very popular. And this recipe is so easy, you can make this classic cocktail at home within 5 minutes.
There are only four ingredients here, so it’s important to choose the best ones. Pick your favorite vodka and remember, if you wouldn’t drink it straight, don’t mix it into a martini. Mix this vodka with fresh squeezed lemon juice and some simple syrup for sweetness. I absolutely adore the flavor addition of orange liqueur too. It’s another layer of citrus flavor with great aroma.
You can have Lemon Drop martinis with dinner and it goes nicely with chicken and seafood dishes. This is also a great dessert cocktail to cleanse your pallet after dinner.
WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED?
Vodka – always choose good quality vodka for a martini.
Lemon juice – freshly squeezed is the best for the fresh, authentic flavor.
Orange liqueur – will give another depth of citrus flavor and aroma to this cocktail.
Sweetener – I prefer to use simple syrup so I don’t have to shake it too much or worry about sugar settling at the bottom.
Ice – ice won’t be in the drink but it’s important in the process of making this martini.
STEPS TO MAKE IT
First, you want to run a slice of lemon along the rim of a martini glass to wet it and give the rim a touch of lemon flavor. Then, dip the rim in some fine sugar all around its perimeter.
Next, you want to make sure that lemon drop martini is cold when you serve it. So, add some ice to the cocktail shaker and then pour in freshly squeezed lemon juice, vodka, orange liqueur, and simple syrup.
Close the shaker and give it a few shakes to mix everything together.
Finally, pour your martini into the prepared glass, sit back, and enjoy!
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Easy Lemon Drop Martini
- 2 oz vodka good quality
- 1 oz orange liqueur like triple sec, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 oz simple syrup
- fine sugar for the rim
- Run a slice of lemon along the rim of a martini glass to wet it and give the rim a touch of lemon flavor.
- Dip the rim in some fine sugar all around its perimeter.
- Add some ice to the cocktail shaker and then pour in freshly squeezed lemon juice, vodka, orange liqueur, and simple syrup.
- Close the shaker and give it a few shakes to mix everything together.
- Pour martini into the prepared glass and garnish with a lemon slice or lemon twist.
debbie n says
This was delicious! I originally used only half of the lemon juice (I’ve made some recipes that were too lemony before, but then couldn’t back off on the lemon) but then added it back as the taste of the Grand Marnier was too strong. This recipe has the perfect ratio of ingredients and am making it again for tonight. Thank you!
I love that it was perfect for you, Debbie!
This was really nice, not as sour as I thought it would be.
I am so glad you liked it! I think it’s a good summer drink! 😉
Tried this combination of Martini for the first time. I loved it. Thanks for sharing!!
I am so glad you liked it!