The Lemon Drop Martini is a festive serve if ever there was one. Sashaying into the party with a perky attitude and a pretty sugar rim, this perfectly balanced and refreshingly tart drink hails from the heydays of the 1970s and was named after a zesty candy that was equally popular at the time.
Try a pineapple-infused vodka if you’re in the mood for a more tropical serve
Twist the lemon over the drink to release those amazing essential oils
Maple syrup makes a handy substitute for simple syrup
Rim a chilled martini or coupe glass with sugar
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously until cold
Fine strain into your prepared glass and garnish with a twist of lemon
Why we love the easy Lemon Drop Martini so much
The classy Lemon Drop Martini is one of those cocktails that will quickly become a regular occurrence on your drinks line-up as soon as you’ve poured the first one. This is because it’s a hat trick of cocktail joy – super simple to pour (like amazingly so), pretty to look at, and sensational to sip.
Top tips for garnishing your Lemon Drop Martini like a pro
Rimming a Martini glass and making a lemon twist becomes second nature as soon as you’ve done it once, but that also means you need to figure it out that first time. Happily, we’ve got the beginner’s guide right here:
The easiest sugar rim
Not all types of Martinis get a rimmed glass, but the sugar rim provides a nice sweetly textured contrast to the tartness of the Lemon Drop Martini. Make one the easy way by cutting a notch in a lemon wedge and running it around the rim on your chilled Martini or coupe glass.
Then spread sugar in an even layer on a dinner plate, and tilt the rim of your glass into the sugar so that only the outer edge is coated. Let it stand to dry for a while before shaking off any loose sugar.
The simplest lemon twist
To make a lemon twist without any fancy tools, you’ll need one whole lemon and a paring knife. Cut your lemon down the middle, width-wise, so you get a circle. Then cut it again into 1/4-inch slices.
Run a paring knife around the edge of the lemon circle to remove the peel, cutting away as much of the pith as possible. Remove the fruity bit and set it aside. Cut through one side of the peel circle so you are left with one long bit of lemon skin. Twist it and hold it in this twist position for a few seconds so it holds that shape when you use it to garnish your Lemon Drop Martini.