Lemon Drop Martini

Perfect Lemon Drop Martini

Lemon Drop Martinis are a classic bar menu item, but let me show you how you can make a perfect Lemon Drop Martini in the comfort of your own home with 3 easy ingredients. It is so simple you will want to make it every night of the week.

The trick to a delicious Lemon Drop Martini is a perfect balance of sweet and sour. A lot of recipes will call for straight fresh squeezed lemon juice and plain simple syrup. Finding that balance between the two can feel like trying to hit a moving target.

sweet and sour

What makes this recipe better than all of the rest is the use of Lemon Simple Syrup. Prepared ahead of time, this infused simple syrup marries the sweet from the simple syrup and the sour from the lemons to create a delicate balance resulting in the perfect Lemon Drop Martini.

lemon simple syrup

3 Key Ingredients to a Perfect Lemon Drop Martini

Quality Vodka: Since this is a martini, most of the drink itself consists of vodka. Be sure and select one that has a flavor and smoothness that you enjoy. So much so that you will want to go back for me.

Lemon Simple Syrup: A quick and simple touch to create a flawlessly crafted Lemon Drop Martini. Click here for a quick and easy recipe for lemon simple syrup.

Limoncello: The result of steeping lemon zest in highly concentrated vodka resulting in a smooth liquor with an intense lemon flavor. It is the ideal addition to your Lemon Drop Martini.

How to Make an Irresistible Lemon Drop Martini 

Ice Cold: You know it’s a perfect martini when you can see little shavings of ice on top. To achieve that level of iciness be sure and chill everything ahead of time, including your glass.

Sugared Rim: Start with a shallow dish of sugar. Go around the rim of your chilled glass with a slice of lemon to wet it then dip the rim of the glass into the sugar making sure you have an even coat of sugar all the way around.

Shake Well: Add vodka, limoncello, lemon simple syrup and a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds or until very cold. Strain into the prepared glass and serve immediately.

Lemon Drop Martini

Hand Crafted Lemon Drop Martini

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Course: Drinks
Keyword: cocktail, hand crafted, lemon drop, lemon drop martini, lemon simple syrup, martini, simple syrup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Cassandra

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces 1/4 cup quality vodka
  • 1 ounce 2 tablespoons limocello
  • 1 ounce 2 tablespoons lemon simple syrup see note below
  • Ice
  • A slice of lemon and sugar for glass rim
  • Lemon slice or a strip of zest for garnish

Instructions

  • Start with a shallow dish of sugar. Go around the rim of your chilled glass with a slice of lemon to wet it then dip the rim of the glass into the sugar making sure you have an even coat of sugar all the way around.
  • Add your vodka, limoncello, lemon simple syrup and a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds or until very cold. Strain into the prepared glass and serve immediately.

Click here for a quick and easy recipe for lemon simple syrup.

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