Best Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

This is the absolute Best Lemon Drop Martini! It is a perfect combination of sweet and sour.  My husband and I developed this recipe in the 1990’s after making and sampling many different recipes.  I have been surprised to see how many other web sites have copied it without giving my web site any credit.

Best Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka (use a good-quality vodka)*
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar or to taste**
  • 3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Superfine sugar for dipping
  • Twisted peel of lemon

Instructions:
  • Mix the vodka, orange liqueur, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice; shake well (supposedly the cocktail is to be shaken 40 times to make sure the sugar is well blended).
  • Pour strained liquor into sugar-rimmed martini cocktail glass and garnish with a twisted peel of lemon.  To create a sugar-rimmed glass, take a lemon wedge and rub the drinking surface of the glass so it is barely moist.  Dip the edge of the glass into the superfine sugar.