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I don’t drink much, especially at home, but when we go to a restaurant I like to have a drink or two. Lemon Drop Martinis are one of my go to drinks. I love the sweet and sour and citrus from this drink. I tried lots of different variations trying to fine my favorite and this is the one that I have come up with. Enjoy!

*Note: You will need simple syrup for this martini. It’s easy to make, and I make a cup or two at a time and keep it in a jar in my fridge to use as needed. To make simple syrup you heat equal parts of water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Cool and keep in a jar in the refrigerator. It will keep a couple of months in the fridge.

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 1


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) good quality citrus (lemon) vodka
  • 3/4 ounces (1 1/2 Tbsp) Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 ounce (2 Tbsp) fresh squeezed lemon juice (juice from about 1/2 lemon)
  • 3/4 ounce (1 1/2 Tbsp) simple syrup (see recipe link in the description)
  • Ice



  2. Add sugar to a plate then rub the zest into the sugar with your fingers until tinted yellow and fragrant. Set aside.


  4. Moisten the rim of a chilled martini glass with the juiced lemon, turn the glass upside down and twist into the lemon sugar; set aside.

  5. To a cocktail shaker add vodka, Cointreau (or triple sec), lemon juice, simple syrup (click to see our recipe to make easy simple syrup), and a handful of ice. Shake for 30 seconds, or until very cold. Strain into prepared martini glass, garnish with a lemon peel twist, and serve immediately.

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