Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

Lemon drop cocktail
The Lemon Drop Martini is a favorite among the flavored martinis and it is very easy to make from scratch. Richard Eskite Photography/Getty Images
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Pucker up for this easy vodka cocktail that makes a great dessert drink, is extremely popular and has the potential to take on other flavors.

The Lemon Drop Martini is one of those great vodka martinis that have become a hit of the modern martini menu. It has also been the inspiration for a number of ready-to-drink variations, though the recipe is so easy that those are not needed.

With just three ingredients, you can make the freshest of Lemon Drop Martinis.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Tips for Making a Great Lemon Drop Martini

Simple drinks like this deserve (and almost require) the best ingredients if you want to make the best cocktail possible.

Start out by choosing a smooth vodka because it is the foundation. There are many fantastic premium vodkas to choose from and if your budget is a little tight, you may also find some nice options within the less expensive vodkas.

The lemon juice and syrup should both be fresh in order to get the best Lemon Drop. Neither fresh juice or homemade syrup are difficult to make (or store) and the nice part about the two being separate is that you can adjust the sweet and sour to suit your own taste. When you find a balance that's perfect, you could even combine and bottle the two in order to enjoy an instant Lemon Drop anytime you like.

This recipe is the perfect base for experimentation and it is very easy to add a little bit of flavor. 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 floral syrups like lavender and lilac can add a very fun and interesting twist.

Another simple variation to the original recipe is to add 1/4 ounce Cointreau and use only 1/2 teaspoon simple syrup.

Transform this cocktail into a frozen ice pop.