Look like a master bartender with this Lemon Drop Martini recipe! This easy vodka cocktail is the perfect balance of sweet and sour and is guaranteed to be a hit!
This post was originally published on 4/22/19 and updated with new content on 1/29/20
Bright and refreshing, this Lemon Drop Martini recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and sour! This easy vodka cocktail will make you look like a master bartender and is the special (but EASY) touch your next happy hour needs.
What is the best vodka for a Lemon Drop Martini?
Does fresh citrus juice make a difference in drinks?
YES! And for this cocktail, please only use fresh lemon juice. Leave the stuff in the bottle for another time.
This reamer is one of my favorite kitchen tools! It takes minimal effort to squeeze the lemon but the taste differential is monumental.
Lemon Juice-fresh is best! Save the bottle for another time.
Simple Syrup- we always have a batch on hand!
What is superfine sugar?
Where can I find superfine sugar?
How to rim a glass with sugar
It’s easy peasy and absolutely essential for this martini recipe. The little touches like this sugared rim are what make fun cocktails even more special.
What is simple syrup and how do I make it?
The best news? You can make this a couple of days ahead of time so there is less work the day of your party, Simple syrup keeps in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, which is great since so many cocktails call for it.
FYI, you can also buy simple syrup at the liquor store. Look for it in the aisle with all of the mixers. No judgment here either way. I've used store-bought plenty of times, but once you find how easy it is to make, you might change your mind.
What is Triple Sec?
When do I shake or stir a cocktail?
Can I make this lemon drop martini recipe into a batch cocktail?
Make-ahead cocktails are music to my ears! I hate to miss out on time with my friends while I am working in the kitchen.
Follow these simple steps to make this martini recipe into a batch cocktail!
- Simply multiply the quantities by the desired number of cocktails.
- Put them in a huge shaker or mason jar WITHOUT ice. (otherwise you end up with a watered down drink and no one wants that.)
- Shake it well
- Keep refrigerated until serving.
- Shake again before serving
DIY Lemon Drop Sour Mix
Make your Lemon Drop Martini a Mocktail
So what are you waiting for?
Plan your next happy hour, and add this Lemon Drop Martini to your menu.
Just be warned. Once your friends sip on this fun cocktail, no other lemon drop martini will compare so be prepared to make them all the time.
The good news? They are super easy and so delicious that they are worth every second it takes to make them.
What other vodka cocktails can I make with simple syrup?
Happy Hours are always better when fun cocktails are a part of the menu.
You can’t host a happy hour without snacks! Check out our favorite easy, make-ahead appetizer recipes that pair perfectly with cocktails!
- Place super fine sugar on a small plate.
- Run a lemon wedge around the edge of the martini glasses and invert glass in the superfine sugar to coat the rim.
- Fill a shaker with ice and add vodka, Triple Sec, simple syrup and lemon juice. Shake well.
- Strain into glasses and serve immediately.
Use these measurements to make 8 Lemon Drop Martinis:
16 ounces citrus vodka
8 ounces triple sec
6 ounces simple syrup
12 ounces fresh lemon juice
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Serving Size:5.5 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 124gFiber: 1gSugar: 119gProtein: 1g
Simple and refreshing this 4 ingredient Lemon Drop Martini recipe will quickly become your go-to happy hour cocktail!