Lemon Drop Martini

Lemon Drop Martini
Claire Cohen
Ratings (59)
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
125 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The lemon drop martini is one of those great vodka martinis that are a highlight of the modern martini menu. It's so popular, in fact, that it has inspired a number of ready-to-drink variations. However, the recipe is so easy that those are not needed.

Like many of the best cocktails, the lemon drop martini requires just a few ingredients. You'll choose your favorite vodka and shake that with lemon juice and simple syrup. Really, that's it!

This is a great dessert drink and a fabulous choice when you want a cocktail with a bit of pucker and a hint of sweetness. You can also adapt it to suit your personal taste and have fun adding other fruit flavors to the mix.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Steps to Make It

  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the three ingredients.

  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  3. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Tips

Simple drinks like this deserve—and almost require—the best ingredients. The foundation is vodka, so begin building the best tasting cocktail possible by choosing a smooth vodka. There are many fantastic premium vodkas to choose from and, if your budget is a little tight, you can also find some nice options within the less expensive vodkas.

To get the absolute best lemon drop, the lemon juice and syrup should both be fresh. Neither fresh juice or homemade syrup is difficult to make or store and the difference in taste proves that they're worth it. If you find the drink to be a little too tart, add more syrup next time. Likewise, if it's a bit too sweet for your taste, pour more lemon juice.

DIY Lemon Drop Martini Mix

Lemon drop martini mixes are, essentially, a lemon sour—sweetened lemon juice in a convenient pour-and-shake package. You can replicate that by making a fresh lemon sour at home. Simply skip the lime juice in a standard sour mix recipe and replace the volume with lemon juice.

The advantage to pouring lemon juice and simple syrup separately is that you can adjust the sweet and sour to taste. You can still get that customization in a DIY lemon sour.

Take notes while mixing up the martini with the individual ingredients until you find your ideal balance. You can then take that same ratio into making your lemon sour and bottle it. This makes it even easier to enjoy a lemon drop anytime you like.

Variations

This recipe is the perfect base for experimentation and it is very easy to add hints of extra fruity flavors. The easiest ways are to use a flavored vodka or make your own flavored syrup. Citrus and other fruit vodkas are a popular choice and offer the ease of exploring different flavors effortlessly.

Floral syrups can also add a fun twist. For instance, a lavender simple syrup creates a lovely lavender lemon drop martini. In spring, you can get a similar flavor by harvesting those beautiful lilac blooms and creating a lilac lemon drop martini.

Another simple variation to the original recipe is to add 1/4 ounce Cointreau and use only 1/2 teaspoon simple syrup. This brings in an orange undertone that really complements the sweetened lemon.