Easy Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

You've heard of a lemon drop shot, but get ready for a lemon drop martini. Recipe developer Christina Musgrave has made it quick and easy to for you to mix your own lemon drop martini, certain to add some sweet kick to any party and switch things up from plain old martinis. As it turns out, a lemon drop shot and lemon drop martini are indeed quite similar, and Musgrave explains that "the martini has the addition of Cointreau and the drink is larger in quantities of ingredients." She adds that, "Lemon drop martinis are full of bright lemony flavor and super easy to make!"

It doesn't take much to make a lemon drop martini, but you can count on plenty of bright, refreshing, and subtly sweet flavors to power through. Serve this martini at your next dinner party, or simply make one for yourself on a Friday night — you can't beat flavors this simple and delicious.

Gather the ingredients for a lemon drop martini

Start with some vodka, the centerpiece of this recipe. "I love Kettle One or Tito's vodka in this cocktail," Musgrave shares. You'll also need Cointreau, simple syrup, lemon juice, and sugar.

Rim the martini glass with sugar

Start off by sprinkling sugar on a plate. This will be used to rim the edge of the glass. Wet the rim of the glass and dip it into the sugar. Twist it around on the plate to coat the rim well, then set it aside.

Pour your drink into a shaker filled with ice

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add in the vodka, simple syrup, Cointreau, and lemon juice. Shake the cocktail up until it's nice and chilled.

Serve the lemon drop martini

Strain the cocktail out into your sugar-rimmed glass. Now it's ready to drink, though if you really want to fancy it up add a garnish. "A lemon twist or dehydrated lemon slice would be a good garnish addition," she says. As for serving options, this cocktail would pair well with some light fare — of course, there's nothing wrong with enjoying it all on its own, either.

Easy Lemon Drop Martini Recipe
5 from 42 ratings
This lemon drop martini puts a citrusy and sweet flair on a classic.
Prep Time
Cook Time
lemon drop martini
Total time: 10 minutes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 ounces vodka

  • 1 ounce lemon juice

  • 1 ounce simple syrup

  • 1 ounce Cointreau

  1. Sprinkle the sugar on a plate. Wet the rim of a cocktail glass and dip it into the sugar. Set aside.
  2. Combine the vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Cointreau in a shaker filled with ice.
  3. Shake until well-chilled.
  4. Strain into prepared cocktail glass and serve.
Calories per Serving 327
Total Fat 0.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 35.2 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Total Sugars 33.9 g
Sodium 17.7 mg
Protein 0.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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