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Three stunning lemon drop martinis with twists and sugared rooms. The table is decorated with a few lemons.
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The Perfect Lemon Drop Martini

The Lemon Drop Martini is a bartender's best kept secret! It is easy and cost effective to make and everybody loves them!  You can make these a few at a time or mix up as a big batch cocktail for a party. Perfect for Friday nights, bridal showers, Easter brunch, or summer BBQs.  (See recipe video above.)
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon drop martini
Servings: 2
Calories: 249kcal
Author: Mirlandra Neuneker


To Make Sugar To Rim Glasses

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Zest of 1 giant lemon or 2 medium lemons

To Make Martinis

  • 3/4 cup lemonade good quality lemonade Simply Lemonade is excellent or use fresh lemons make your own
  • 2 shots lemon vodka I used 360 Sorrento Lemon Vodka

To Make Your Own Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup granulated sugar or ultra fine granulated baking sugar
  • 2 cups water or club soda


  • Place martini glasses in freezer to chill while you prepare the drinks.
  • Start by making sugar to rim the glasses. Zest one or two lemons.
  • Choose a small dish with sides big enough to dip the rim of the glass you plan to use. Combine the 1/3 cup sugar and lemon zest together in the bowl. Use your fingers to mash/squish it together until thoroughly mixed.
  • Take a small slice of lemon and rub around the entire rim of the chilled glass. Dip the damp rim into your sugar mixture and set the glass aside to dry.
  • Select a high quality lemonade or make your own by combining fresh squeezed lemon juice and granulated sugar with water, stirring until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  • To make two martinis combine ¾ cup lemonade with 2 shots vodka. Shake over ice in a cocktail shaker and serve in chilled, sugar rimmed glasses. Drink and repeat!


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Sugar: 33g