My Favorite Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail

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"I love a good lemon drop martini; one of my favorite cocktails, especially when made with fresh-squeezed lemons which beats using a mix any day."

Original recipe yields 1 serving
  • Rim Lemon Sugar (for sugaring the rims of the glasses)
  • Lemon Drop Martini


  • Serving Size: 1 (441.7 g)
  • Calories 607.4
  • Total Fat - 0.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 153.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 135.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 8.1 g
  • Sugars - 107.3 g
  • Protein - 3.6 g
  • Calcium - 63 mg
  • Iron - 1.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 128.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Rim Lemon Sugar

Step 1

Place sugar into a wide enough plate to fit the rim of your martini glass, then evenly distribute the zest into the sugar with your fingers until tinted yellow and fragrant.

Lemon Drop Martini Method

Step 2

Rub the edge of the rim of your martini glass (best when the glass has been chilled) with a slice of lemon, making sure it is well moistened. Turn the glass upside down and twist into the lemon sugar until the rim is well covered; set aside.

Step 3

Into a cocktail shaker, add vodka, Cointreau (or Triple Sec), lemon juice, simple syrup, and a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds or until very cold. Strain into the prepared martini glass, top with a slice of lemon directly onto the top of the martini and serve immediately. Enjoy!

NOTE: Sometimes I add 1 1/2 oz. of vodka to make it a wee bit less robust, but it's all up to you and sometimes depends on the brand of vodka using.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Awesome drink. Simple, tart, and delish. Thanks for sharing.

review by:
(6 Sep 2020)


Now this may be my favorite cocktail recipe! Wow, was this ever GOOD!! It's going straight into my Best of 2020 file. My husband and son agreed that this was the best cocktail of the summer. Delicious!! 20 stars if I could. Thank you!

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(4 Sep 2020)