How to make the perfect lemon martini cocktail with homemade lemon sugar rim. Switch to the Lemon Drop Martini recipe
How to make the best lemon drop martini
The key to the best lemon martini is the balance between tart and sweet. This is one of our all-time favorite cocktails to make at home. Read below to see our tips for doing this.
There are four things to keep in mind when making lemon martinis at home:
Use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Juice from the bottle is not enough here. For a cocktail you need 30 ml of lemon juice or the juice of half a large lemon.
Use good quality vodka. Since this is a martini, a lot of vodka is needed. No need to go straight to the top shelf, just grab a smooth vodka. Some of our favorites are Kettle One, Stolichnaya (Stoli) and Tito’s.
Everything must be very cold. A warm martini is no fun, so shake it well; If you want to take it a step further, chill the martini glasses too.
Add a rim of lemon sugar. You probably noticed the tire sugar sold in the store. It’s a great idea, but honestly a lot easier to do at home.
To make our lemon sweets even more special, we’ve added a simple lemon sugar rim to our jars. You can definitely stick with regular sugar, but since you already bought the lemons for fresh lemon juice, you might as well make this spicy sugar, right?
To do this, rub the zest of a lemon in granulated sugar. Easy!
One last thing: you need plain syrup for this. You can conveniently buy plain syrup at the store, but it’s super easy to make at home.
Here’s our step-by-step guide to making easy syrup. We also did this in our recipe video, it only takes a few minutes.
Updated recipe originally posted July 2010. Since posting in 2010 we have changed the recipe to make it clearer and added a short recipe video. – Adam and Joanne
Easy Lemon Martini Cocktail
There are three things to keep in mind when making lemon martinis at home. Fresh lemon juice is best, use a quality vodka and serve the martini very cold. Some of our favorite mid-range vodka brands are Kettle One, Stolichnaya (Stoli) and Tito’s. If you plan to make lemon sugar, it’s best to remove the zest from the lemon before squeezing it for the martini. Then, if you need to moisten the glass to help the sugar stick, use the lemon halves that were left over from squeezing.
Makes 1 drink
Watch us at the recipe
1/2 cup granulated sugar
zest of 1 lemon
Lemon drop martini
2 ounces (1/4 cup) quality vodka, try a lemon vodka
3/4 ounce (1 ½ tablespoons) Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) freshly squeezed lemon juice (juice of 1/2 large lemon)
3/4 ounce (1 ½ tablespoons) simple syrup, see our simple syrup recipe
Lemon sugar, for the rim of the glass
Advice from Adam and Joanne
- Nutritional Facts: The nutritional values given below are estimates. We use the USDA database to calculate approximate values.
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Nutritional value per serving: calories 256 / protein 0g / carbohydrates 21 grams / fiber 0g / total sugar 20g / total fat 0g / Saturated Fatty Acids 0g / cholesterol 0 mg
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