Spiked Lemonade Martini (Lemon Drop Martini)

A lemon drop martini is one of my all-time favorite alcoholic drinks. As I searched for recipes that would call for ingredients I already had on hand, I came across many variations, so I decided to put a little twist on it. Unfortunately, I ended up using a lot more vodka than I thought I was using, but I will report the true measurements so they are completely accurate.


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice (it’s not the same if you use the little yellow bottles)
  • 2 tsp. simple syrup*
  • Sugar to rim the glass**
  • Ice


Combine the vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake for at least 20 seconds. Pour into a chilled sugar-rimmed martini glass. Enjoy!

Just a friendly word: This recipe calls for a pretty strong drink, so drink plenty of water in between sips or after!



*To make simple syrup, use 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. Boil the water and add the sugar. Allow the sugar to dissolve completely, stirring often. Remove from heat. You can store this in the refrigerator for future use!

**To coat a martini glass with sugar, you can either moisten the rim of the glass with lemon juice or with a light coating of the simple syrup you just made. With the glass face-down, dip the rim into a prepared plate covered with granulated sugar, making sure to coat all sides evenly.

Note: The original recipe calls for 1.5 oz vodka, 3.4 oz. lemon juice, and 1 tsp. simple syrup.


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