A lemon drop martini cocktail

The Easiest And Best Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

Making a Martini may look difficult, but it’s actually quite easy. My favorite variation of a Vodka Martini is the Lemon Drop Martini. Here’s how to make one.

Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

Recipe by BeverageBeaver
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A Lemon Drop Martini is a citrusy cocktail made from vodka, fresh lemon juice, triple sec, and a touch of sugar, often served in a sugar-rimmed glass.


  • 1.5 oz Vodka

  • 0.5 oz Triple Sec pr Cointreau

  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

  • 1 Teaspoon Superfine Sugar

  • Lemon Wheel For Garnish


  • Rim a Martini glass with a lemon wedge then turn it upside down and press it into a plate of superfine sugar ensuring the entire rim is coated.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, triple sec, superfine sugar, and lemon juice.
  • Fill the shaker with ice.
  • Attach the lid to the shaker and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds.
  • Using a cocktail strainer, strain the contents of the shaker into the Martini Glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel and serve.

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Making A Lemon Drop Martini: Pro Tips

As you can see, it is quite easy to make a Lemon Drop Martini as long as you have the right equipment. Here are some pro tips to help you make a Lemon Drop Martini at home like a seasoned bartender.

Always Use High-Quality Fresh Ingredients

Always use premium quality vodka and freshly squeezed lemon juice when making your Lemon Drop Martini. A good quality vodka will make your cocktail smooth with no harsh aftertaste, and the fresh lemon juice will give a bright, authentic flavor to your Martini.

Chill Vodka And Glass In Advance.

Like most cocktails, a Lemon Drop Martini is best served cold. A cold glass and chilled vodka will ensure your cocktail stays cooler for longer so you can enjoy it over a longer period of time.

Double Strain The Cocktail

To prevent any pulp or shards of ice in your final drink, use both a Hawthorne Strainer and a Fine Mesh Strainer together. This is called “double-straining” and is how professional bartenders ensure a crystal-clear, impeccably smooth martini. It not only refines the texture of your cocktail but elevates its presentation.

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