Friday Night’s Cocktail: Lemon Drop Martini

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Thanks to for this Friday’s cocktail. I have a bunch of lemon’s left over from a photo shoot so why not put them to good use? Besides they have lots of vitamin C and prevent scurvy to boot.

This sweet and sour recipe comes from the husband and wife team over at What’s Cooking America. According to them the original was created as a girly cocktails –

drinks that are potent, yet sweet enough to cover the taste of alcohol.

Good for singles bars and girl’s get in free nights to make sure there are plenty of inebriated women around for the male customers.

This drink tastes like a lemon drop candy.



Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

Recipe Type: Beverage, Lemons
Yields: 1 serving
Prep time: 10 min


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

* Superfine sugar is instantly dissolving sugar that is typically used in drinks. If you want to avoid the shaking, make a Basic Simple Syrup Recipe to use in place of the sugar.

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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.

Makes 1 serving.

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