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Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

Oh, boy...  You're gonna have to be careful with this one.  These lemon drop martinis go down so easy, they taste great, and they will wallop you but good.  More than two, and you'll risk having to throw your girlfriend over your shoulder to get her home. 
- Johnnie

Lemon Drop Martini ImageThis is the best lemon drop martini recipe we’ve come upon. The lemon drop martini is a west coast favorite, which became popular in the 1970’s and remains a favorite today.

The drink is a sweet, lemony concoction, yet quite potent, that is favored by the ladies. Be careful, these go down real easy but may leave your date unconscious before the evening is over.

Oprah, a martini fan herself, adopted the lemon drop as the cocktail served at her Legends Ball.  Her recipe differs a bit from ours, most notably because her version was garnished with fresh mint, but having sampled both we'll stick to our guns.  This is the best lemon drop martini you'll ever have slide down your throat!

Lemon Drop Martini Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Superfine sugar for dipping
  • Twisted peel of lemon

Mixing The Lemon Drop Martini

The vodka, triple sec, sugar and lemon juice go into an ice filled shaker.

Now, pay attention. As was explained in Johnnie’s best martini recipe, you want to be careful when shaking or mixing your martini so that you don’t “bruise” the alcohol. However, with this recipe you have added a solid ingredient. That solid ingredient, the sugar, needs to get mixed into the cocktail otherwise you’ll have small, unappealing granules at the bottom of the glass and the drink will lack the desired sweetness.  So, you need to shake sufficiently to fully dissolve the sugar but don’t go crazy with it or you will end up with shards of ice floating in your glass.

We should explain that you should be using superfine sugar, which is not the granulated sugar you find in that sugar bowel and sprinkle on your corn flakes. Superfine sugar is instantly dissolving sugar that is typically used in drinks and for baking. This is good news, because as we’ve said we want the sugar to fully dissolve into the cocktail without being too aggressive with the shaking. Our martini will be sweetened, we won’t have a pool of sugar granules at the bottom of the glass, and we won’t have ice shards.

Serving A Lemon Drop Martini


You’re serving this one for the ladies. This is not a guy’s drink. You want to make the presentation attractive.

Select a fun, clear martini glass. Our favorites include the Swinger and the Vibe martini glass, which are unique martini glasses that won’t break the bank.

With a wedge of lemon, trace the rim of the martini glass leaving a thin wet film. Dip the rim of the glass in superfine sugar. The lemon drop rimmer featured to the left is also a classy way to garnish.

Pour your lemon drop martini into your sugar rimmed martini glass and garnish with the twisted lemon peel.

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