A deliciously sweet lemon martini made with limoncello, vodka, sweet and sour mix, and a dash of lemon. Dress it up with lemon-flavored sugar along the rim!

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Two martini glasses with lemon drop martini, served with a sugar coated rim and a floating slice of lemon.

About Lemon Drop Martini

A lemon drop martini is a classic vodka-based mixed drink with a delicious citrusy sweet and sour taste, making it a delicious choice for sipping in both warm and cool weather.

What’s in a lemon drop martini?

  • Simple syrup and yellow sanding sugar – Both of these ingredients are used for decorating the glasses, giving the rim a sugary coating. You can skip these ingredients if you’d rather not decorate.
  • Vodka – Give the drink a boozy kick.
  • Limoncello – For a deliciously smooth candy lemon candy flavor.
  • Lemon juice – For more citrus flavor.
  • Granulated sugar – For extra sweetness. Could also substitute this for simple syrup or another liquid sweetener of your choice.
  • Lemon slices – For garnish, totally optional.
Top down view of two glasses filled with lemon drop martini and a lemon slice.

What type of vodka should you use?

With any mixed drink, it’s best to keep the spirits simple. Save the super-expensive vodka for enjoying on its own and use vodka with lower-to-mid-range price points for blending with other flavors.

As for my personal recommendation, I tend to use Smirnoff vodka for drinks like this.

Can you make this drink in advance?

Yes, you totally can mix the core drink ingredients in advance! Prepare the drink as instructed and then store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before serving.

However, I would recommend holding off on decorating the glasses until just before serving. The sanding sugar will slide down the glass if left to sit for too long.

Can you make a big batch of lemon drop martini?

Yes! There are no special “effects” with this drink (such as layering, gradients, etc) so it’s perfectly safe to mix this drink and serve it in a big batch.

And in order to make a big batch, all you need to do is measure this drink in parts.

Recipes that measure in parts usually mean it’s written so that you can adjust the size of the drink to whatever you want. The measurements they give you (1 part, 1/2 part, etc) are so you can keep the ratio of the ingredients correct.

For example, let’s say you wanted to make one drink – this typically means you’re using 1 standard shot glass for measuring. So then when the recipe says “1 part” you would interpret that amount as “1 standard shot glass” full. If the recipe says “1/2 part” you’d fill the shot glass halfway so that it’s “1/2 standard shot glass.” OR, let’s say you wanted to make enough drinks for a few friends. When making the drink you could interpret “1 part” as “1 cup” (or “1/2 part” to “1/2 cup.”)

Given the above, to measure a lemon drop martini in parts, you would need:

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part limoncello
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 2 part sweet and sour mix
  • 1/2 part granulated sugar

Keep in mind that the above is just for mixing the core drink ingredients. It does not include the measurements for decorating individual drinks, since how much you need will depend on the type of glasses you use and how many guests you have. You can also choose to totally skip decorating the glasses to make serving this drink easier.

Top down side view of two glasses of lemon drop martini served with lemon slices.

What are the exact measurements for one drink?

In a hurry and want simple measurements for just one drink? No problem! Just use this as a guide:

  • 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz limoncello
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz sweet and sour mix
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar

Notes & tips for this lemon martini

Close up side view of a lemon drop martini.

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How to make a lemon drop martini

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – If you’re decorating the glasses, dip the rim in simple syrup and then coat the wet area with yellow sanding sugar. Set the glasses (two total) nearby.

Step 2 – In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour in the following ingredients: vodka, limoncello, lemon juice, sweet and sour mix, and granulated sugar.

Step 3 – Shake it until the sugar dissolves.

Step 4 – Pour and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Two martini glasses with lemon drop martini, served with a sugar coated rim and a floating slice of lemon.
4.74 from 26 votes

Lemon Drop Martini

5 mins prep
229 kcal
Yields: 2 martinis
A deliciously sweet martini made with limoncello, vodka, sweet and sour mix, and a dash of lemon. Dress it up with lemon-flavored sugar along the rim!

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • On a small plate, add yellow sugar. Wet the rim of a glass with simple syrup (or lemon juice) and gently dab the top of the glass in the yellow sugar, coating the rim. Set glass aside.
    1 tablespoon yellow sugar, 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with sice, add vodka, limoncello, sweet and sour mix, lemon juice, and sugar. Shake until sugar is dissolved.
    1 ounce vodka, 1 ounce limoncello, 1 ounce lemon juice, 2 ounces sweet and sour mix, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Pour into prepared martini glass. Garnish with a floating slice of lemon.
    1 lemon
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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20 comments

    • Lana
    • 5 stars

    Love this martini! It’s sweet yet clean and brite! I have this recipe memorized. And by living in Florida I can make it often 🌞

    Lana f/ the Sunshine State.

    • Pat
    • 5 stars

    My wife loved it. Thanks Chrisy

    • Ninfa

    Can I replace the sweet and sour for anything else?

      • Lisa

      Sweet and sour can be replaced with lemonade.

    • Karen
    • 4 stars

    Hmmm, Step 2 says “until sugar is dissolved” but no sugar is in ingredients except for the yellow sugar that is for the rim of glass. How much sugar goes IN the martini, please?

      • Chrisy

      Oh no, sorry about that! It’s 1 tablespoon of sugar in the drink. I’ve updated the recipe so it should be correct now. Thank you for letting me know!

    • Suzanne
    • 5 stars

    This looks amazing! My mouth is watering!

    • jennifer L
    • 5 stars

    Oh yum! Wonderful recipe…I’ll be making this for an upcoming cocktail party I’m hosting.

    • Awesome Jennifer! If you do make it, I’d love to hear how it turned out 😀

    • Ruthie
    • 5 stars

    Oh gosh, this looks amaazing!! Want it now!!! XO

    • Stacy
    • 5 stars

    Limoncello is where it’s at. Love this recipe…pinning it for future happy hours!

    • Yes! Limoncello is <3 😀 Thanks Stacy!

    • Madeline
    • 5 stars

    I love candy cocktails, and this one sounds perfectly sour and sweet!

    • Indeed it is! Thanks Madeline 😀

    • Suzette
    • 5 stars

    Is it 5 o’clock yet? I need one of these! Looks delicious!

    • Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee
    • 5 stars

    Love a good martini and anything lemon is perfect for the summer! Will definitely be trying this out in the very near future!