This Lemon Drop Martini is made with your favorite vodka, fresh lemon juice, and a sweet, sugary rim. Each sip is like a little bit of sunshine to your tastebuds🙂. If you love lemon-flavored drinks, be sure to try my Vodka Lemonade!

Lemon Drop Martini

Do you remember those lemon drop pieces of candy that made your lips pucker as a kid? I happen to love the burst of lemon flavor they have! Well, now you can get that same burst of flavor in an adult beverage. This Lemon Drop Martini is full of lemon flavor with a touch of sweetness to balance it all out.

Lemon Drop Martini in Martini Glass with Vodka behind
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Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

With just a few ingredients, there is no need to go out for a martini when you can make one at home! Plus, it will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Pouring Lemon Mixture into Martini Glass to Make Lemon Drop Martini

How to Make a Lemon Drop Martini

Get out your shaker to get this martini ‘shaken, not stirred’. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, I would suggest getting your hands on one sooner than later. The main reason to have one is to get that lovely blend of flavor in your mixed drink. There are others, but I digress. To make this martini, first take out a martini glass (if you have one, but any glass will do) and coat the rim. To coat the rim with sugar, dip the top of the glass in some lemon juice, followed by dipping it into a plate of sugar. If you don’t want your drink as sweet, just skip the sugary rim.

To mix the martini, fill your shaker full of ice. Add vodka, sugar, and fresh lemon juice. Shake, shake, and shake some more, as vigorously as you can! You want the sugar to be dissolved and the martini to be very cold. Strain the vodka mixture into a chilled martini glass and serve with a lemon wedge. 

Squeezing Lemon into Lemon Drop Martini Glass with Sugar Rim

How to Make a Martini without a Shaker

Don’t miss out on a refreshing cocktail just because you don’t have a cocktail shaker…yet😉. A great alternative would be to use a to-go coffee mug with a solid lid. Fill the mug up with ice, just like in a shaker, add all the ingredients, cover the opening mouth part, and get shakin’! When you are ready to pour the martini into the glass, just open up the mouth opening and pour. The lid should hold the ice back so you just get the chilled cocktail.

Close up view of short martini glass of Lemon Drop Martini

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Lemon Drop Martini

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
This Lemon Drop Martini is made with your favorite vodka, fresh lemon juice, and a sweet, sugary rim.



  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice



  • Set out two flat plates. Pour lemon juice onto one and the sugar onto the other. Dip the rim of the glass into the lemon juice, coating the entire top edge, and then dip into the sugar to create a sugar rim.


  • To a shaker filled with ice, add vodka, sugar, and lemon juice.
  • Shake vigorously until very cold and sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Strain the vodka mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  • Top with lemon.

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