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Magic Lemon Drop Martini Recipe


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This beautiful Lemon drop martini is a delicious vodka cocktail with Limoncello liqueur.

This is a sweet drink with a bit of lemony zing. Simply magical.

Our version of this sweet vodka drink tastes just like a candy lemon drop. Limoncello is the reason why.

The fresh lemon juice is just the thing to balance the sweetness of this wonderful drink.

Limoncello Lemon Drop Martini With Mint Leaves And A Lemon Twist

Watch me make this Lemon Drop Cocktail:

Lemon Drop History

The Lemon Drop cocktail originated in in San Francisco California. Norman Jay Hobday created this beauty for his ‘Fern bar’, Henry Africa’s.

Fern bars were specifically designed to provide a comfortable ambience for young women. Sweet drinks are a favorite in that crowd.

Norman originated the lemon drop in the 1970s for his female clientele. The Lemon Drop was strongly associated with the famous candy. This lemon flavored sweet party drink quickly ascended in fame.

It’s still very popular and has been recreated into endless versions. Originally the Lemon drop was served in a cocktail glass and is still often served that way.

Over time the Martini style Glass became a popular way to drink this cocktail. A sugared rim adds an elegant touch.

This is not a martini recipe. But it does make a stunning presentation in a martini glass.

Find our complete listing of Limoncello drinks in our Cocktail Section .

Long Side Shot Of The Rimmed And Garnished Lemon Drop Martini With Limoncello.

Lemon Drop Martini Ingredients

The lemon Drop martini with limoncello first caught my eye at the Farm Wife Drinks if you want to hop on over and take a look.

Triple Sec, Skyy Vodka And Limoncello On A Tray With Lemons
The Ingredients for this Easy summer cocktail
  • Limoncello:If you have tasted Lemon drop limoncello you know how perfect it is for this sweet cocktail. The fresh lemon juice and the lemon twist keep this Limoncello recipe beautifully balanced.
  • Triple Sec: This orange liqueur is another bit of sweet citrus to balance the lemon.
  • The vodka is unflavored and adds very little flavor to this Sweet alcoholic drink. But it does bring in the kick you should expect from a good lemon drop recipe .

Tip: To adjust your cocktail sweetness twist a bit of lemon oil from the garnish rind into the drink.

Lemon Drop Martini Top Down Shot With Lemon Twist And Mint Leaves For Garnish
lemon drop martini with lemon twist and mint leaves for garnish

The Garnish:

Rimming the Glass:

Tip: Whir up your sugar in a food processor or blender if you want a finer grind. Or purchase superfine sugar.

  • Choose a flat plate large enough in circumference to turn your martini glass upside down flat.
  • Sprinkle sugar to a depth of about 1/4 inch over the plate surface.
  • Use a cut lemon or lime to wet the edge of your CHILLED martini glass.
  • Turn your prepared glass upside down on your sugared plate and turn it gently.
  • Scoop sugar over the wet edge until the entire edge is sugared as desired.
Lemon Drop Martini With Fresh Lemon
limoncello lemon drop vodka cocktail garnished with a lemon curled on a toothpick, mint leaves and a sugar rim.

TIP: Non Organic Lemons have waxed rinds. For a lemon twist or to squeeze the oil of the rind into your yummy cocktail choose organic lemons for best results.

To make the lemon twist:

  • cut a narrow strip of rind off the lemon.
  • Cut some of the white pith off the strip.
  • Twist the strip of rind and skewer it on a toothpick as shown.
  • OR twist your rind around a metal cocktail pick, kabob skewer or other thin stick until the rind form a curl.
  • Drop over the side of your glass.
Lemon Limoncello Martini 1
Just add a leaf or two of mint for a bit of color.

The Mint:

You will only need a leaf or two floating in your glass for a bit of green in your drink. The mint will brighten the flavors with freshness.

TIP: To increase the mint flavor. Bruise the fresh mint leaves a bit to open the pores. Now the mint flavor and smells will escape into the cocktail.

Lemon Drop Martini Recipe:

Lemon Drop Martini Vodka Cocktail
Yield: 1 lemon drop cocktail

Lemon Drop Martini with Limoncello

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A beautiful blend of limoncello, vodka and Triple sec. A lovely lemon drop flavor hitting just the right sweet spot.


  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Limoncello
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1/2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar


  • 1 lemon twist
  • 2 mint leaves
  • sugar as needed for rimming the glass


  1. Chill the glass ahead.
  2. Rim your glass with sugar if desired as shown in video and post instructions.
  3. Pour the vodka, Limoncello, sugar. lemon juice and triple sec into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  4. Shake until the shaker is very cold.
  5. Pour the cocktail into your chilled glass.
  6. Garnish as desired with lemon twist and mint leaves.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 lemon drop cocktail

Amount Per Serving Calories 355

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