Best Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail

Today I’m sharing my spin on my wife’s favorite cocktail, the Lemon Drop Martini — with a sugar rim.

Best Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail Recipe

Weekends are synonymous with relaxing and enjoying some time away from the everyday hustle. And cocktails can definitely set the mood and get the party started for just about any occasion.

Best Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail Recipe

The combination of sweet and sour will send your taste buds into your happy place; especially when you add alcohol to the mix. Since everyone has a cocktail preference that spans bitter to sweet and varies on the amount of alcohol used, I believe this Lemon Drop Martini recipe is an awesome balance of the two worlds.

Best Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail Recipe

This is a pretty simple recipe. You’ll just need to add ice and all of the ingredients before doing the shake dance. Norman Day Hobday is credited for this great-tasting cocktail that was created during the ’70s in San Francisco. The genius behind this cocktail came from the lemon drop candy a lot of us grew up loving.

Best Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail Recipe

My better half loves this recipe and specifically request it to be made with a sugar rim. Apparently, it’s all about technique. As you are sipping the cocktail, you get a little of the sugar that cuts the strong bite from the lemon. Who knew. 🙂

Best Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail Recipe

When you want to give your guest or a date a great tasting cocktail they will truly enjoy, give this Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail a spot on your coaster. Enjoy!

Best Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail Recipe

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Best Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail Recipe

Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail

  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


The combination of sweet and sour makes the Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail a perfect choice. Serve with a sugar rim for added enjoyment.


  • 3 oz. Vodka
  • 2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1.5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz. Lemon Juice
  • Garnish: Sugar Rim


  1. Begin by adding sugar to the rim of a martini glass by rolling the rim of the glass in lemon juice and then into a small plate of sugar until coated.
  2. Place ice into a cocktail shaker and add remaining ingredients. Shake for 30 seconds.
  3. Pour into martini glass and serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 512
  • Sugar: 34.6g
  • Sodium: 1517mg
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.2g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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  1. My mother loves this recipe. She literally drinks one every Saturday in her she shed. Love the sugar rim!!

    1. Eric Jones says:

      That’s great to hear! Hey, gotta have a she-shed! 🙂