Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

This time of year my lemon tree is packed full of lush delicious Meyer lemons. These juicy lemons make the ultimate Lemon Drop Martini. I love to serve them up as an aperitif for family and friends.

What is in a Lemon Drop Martini?

These delicious drinks are made with just 4 primary ingredients. Juice from a fresh lemon, vodka, sugar, and water. I like to make these cocktails with Meyer lemons. If Meyer lemons are not available you can use another variety.

A Meyer lemon is actually a cross of citron and mandarin orange which makes them sweeter than other types of lemons. They are a favorite and we use them in all types of recipes.

How to make a Lemon Drop Martini

This recipe is a quick and easy way to make our Lemon Drop Martinis.

Here is the list of ingredients:

  • One large Meyer lemon
  • Vodka
  • Simple syrup (easy recipe below)
  • Ice
  • Sugar to garnish the rim

Instructions for making Lemon Drop Martinis:

  • Coat a small plate with 1/4 cup of sugar and set aside
  • Squeeze 1/2 of a large lemon into a martini shaker filled with ice. Save squeezed lemon and set aside
  • Add 2.5 ounces of vodka
  • Add a large splash of simple syrup
  • Shake until the shaker is so cold it’s hard to hold
  • Take the squeezed lemon and wet the rim of the glass
  • Dip glass rim in the plate of sugar and coat the rim
  • Pour the shaker with the lemon drop mixture into the sugared martini glass
  • Top the martini with a slice of lemon
  • Serve and enjoy!

The great thing about our recipe is you can control the sweet/tart level in your cocktail. Add more simple syrup for more sweetness or additional lemon juice for more tartness.

The calorie count for this recipe is just 125 calories per cocktail making it a great Happy Hour cocktail choice.

How to make easy Simple Syrup from scratch?

Simple syrup is easy to make with equal parts of sugar and water. Here is an easy recipe:

  • Heat water in a saucepan over medium heat until hot. (This recipe calls for 1/2 cup water)
  • Stir in sugar and cook until it is fully dissolved. (This recipe calls for 1/2 cup sugar)
  • Cool to room temperature before using
  • Can be stored for up to 3 months in the refrigerator.

What makes a Martini a Martini?

The true definition of a Martini is simply a cocktail made with gin or vodka and dry vermouth. Over the years the modern day Martini has transformed into a mixologist dream cocktail for individual creativity.

Additional cocktails to try:

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Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

Here is a recipe for the ultimate Lemon Drop Martini. I love to serve them up as an aperitif for family and friends. This easy recipe has just 4 ingredients and tons of flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 martini
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Jayne Harter

Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker, lemon juicer

Ingredients

  • ½ large Meyer lemon
  • 2.5 ounces vodka
  • 1 large splash simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • 1 cup ice for shaker
  • ¼ cup sugar for glass rim

Simple Syrup:

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar

Instructions

  • Coat small plate with 1/4 cup of sugar, set aside
  • Squeeze 1/2 large lemon into the shaker filled with ice. Save lemon and set aside
  • Add the 2.5 ounces of vodka
  • Add large splash of simple syrup
  • Shake, shake until the shaker is so cold its hard to hold
  • Take the squeezed lemon and wet the rim of the glass
  • Dip glass rim in plate of sugar to coat the rim
  • Pour the shaker with the lemon drop mixture into a martini glass
  • Top martini with a slice of Lemon
  • Serve and enjoy!

Simple Syrup:

  • Bring the sugar and water to a simmer and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool. Reserve remaining simple syrup in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.


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