Lemon Drop Martini (with Limoncello)

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This Lemon Drop Martini made with icy cold Limoncello is the most delicious summer cocktail. A lemon drop is a light and refreshing vodka martini with a fresh burst of tart 🍋 lemony sweetness.

This summer cocktail recipe is one of my favorite cocktails with limoncello.

two lemon drop martinis in a frosted glasses with a copper cocktail shaker

A lemon drop martini is traditionally made with fresh lemon juice, vodka, and Cointreau, an orange-flavored liqueur. This cocktail recipe can also be made with limoncello.

I love everything lemon, and I thought it was about time to share my favorite lemon summer cocktail recipe. I hope you’ll love this recipe as much as I do.

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What You’ll Love About This Recipe

  • 🍋 Lemony. If lemon is your thing, this refreshing lemon drop martini will surely be your jam.
  • Easy. This cocktail is super easy to make and even easier to drink.
  • Make a batch. You can make this recipe a batch cocktail to serve in a 35-ounce beverage container and keep it on ice for a backyard cookout.
lemon drop martini garnished with sugarmartini

Top Martini Tips

  • Chill everything. Chill your martini glasses in the freezer for at least 10 minutes. Icy-cold vodka is also a win-win in martini recipes.
  • Use crushed ice. Using crushed ice in your cocktail shaker gives this martini cocktail an icy, cold mouth feel.
  • Coat the rim with refined sugar flavored with lemon.
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon or a lemon wheel.

What You’ll Need

Ingredients for making a lemon drop martini with limoncello; cointreau, vodka, limoncello, and fresh lemon juice.
  • Vodka. I used Ocean vodka, which is an organic quality vodka from Hawaii. It’s made from sugar cane and is super delicious.
  • Limoncello. I used my homemade Limoncello, but you can use any brand.
  • Cointreau. Cointreau or Triple Sec, an orange liqueur, adds a bright citrus note to this lemon drop recipe.
  • Lemon Juice. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is always best.
  • Lemon Sugar*. Lemon sugar is used to rim the glass of this cocktail. You can buy lemon sugar or make your own by adding the zest of one lemon + 1/2 cup sugar to a food processor and processing the sugar until it is super fine. (see notes)

How to Make a Lemon Drop

A lemon martini cocktail should be super cold. The liquor can even be stored in the freezer beforehand, so it’s freezer-cold. Chilling your martini glasses in the freezer is also a good idea. They will get that frosty chill in about 10 minutes.

  1. Chill. Start by chilling the alcohol and glass at least a few hours before.
  2. Mix. Add the crushed ice and the alcohol to a shaker and shake gently to mix.
  3. Serve. Serve with a twist of lemon zest.
two lemon martinis being poured

Recipe Variations

Planning for a party. If you have a planned cookout, you can make this lemon martini recipe up as a batch cocktail (see recipe card) and then store it on ice.

I love to use my Weck beverage pitchers (affiliate link) for this.

Storing + Freezing Tips

How to store

If you want to make a large batch of this Lemon Drop Martini Recipe, store it in the fridge or the freezer until you’re ready to bring it out.

If it’s warm out, you can freeze this lemon cocktail for several hours before the party; it may get a bit slushy, but it will thaw super quickly and then be ice cold when you serve it.

More Cocktail Recipes

Find more delicious cocktail recipes like my 🥃 Old Fashioned cocktail recipe or my 🍾 Champagne Cocktail with Cranberry. I also have a version of the 🥂 French 52 and my 🍑 Bulle Peche Cocktail.

My favorites, of course, are tiki cocktails like the Blue Hawaii Cocktail and the Pineapple Martini, which is so much more than just pineapple and vodka.

Try your hand at making some homemade Limoncello (Lemoncello). It’s so easy: just three ingredients and a little bit of patience.

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Lemon Drop Recipe with Limoncello

This Lemon Drop Martini made with icy cold Limoncello is the most delicious summer cocktail. A lemon drop is a light and refreshing vodka martini with a fresh burst of tart lemony sweetness.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 268 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 ½ fl ounces Vodka
  • 1 ½ fl ounces Limoncello
  • ½ fl ounce Cointreau
  • ounces Lemon juice
  • Crushed ice
  • Lemon sugar, to rim the glass

Make 2 Lemon Drops

  • 3 fl ounces Vodka
  • 3 fl ounces Limoncello
  • 1 fl ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ⅓ fl ounces Lemon juice

Lemon Drop Batch Cocktail (Makes 35 Ounces or 8 Cocktails)

  • 12 fl ounces Vodka, (1 ½ cups)
  • 12 fl ounces Limoncello, (1 ½ cups)
  • 4 fl ounces Cointreau, (½ cup)
  • 5 ⅓ fl ounces Lemon juice, (⅔ cups)

Instructions
 

  • Chill your martini glasses in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove them right before you are ready to pour your cocktails and rim with superfine lemon sugar.
  • Add crushed ice to your cocktail shaker.
  • Add the vodka, limoncello, Cointreau, and the lemon juice to the shaker.
  • Shake vigerously and pour into a glass rimmed with lemon sugar.

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Laura’s Tips + Notes

Measurement Notes
1 shot = 1.5 fluid ounces
How to Make Lemon Sugar 
  1. Add the zest of one lemon + 1/2 cup of superfine sugar to a food processer fitted with an S-blade.
  2. Process the sugar and the lemon zest until it is super fine.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 cocktailCalories: 268kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
Keyword lemon, limoncello, vodka
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21 Comments

  1. I was getting ready to make your batch recipe, but I’m wondering if the 10 ยฝ fl ounces Lemon juice, (1 โ…“ cups) is correct for 8 cocktails? You have 1-1/3 ounce of lemon juice for 2 cocktails, and if I were to multiply that by 4 (to make 8 cocktails), wouldn’t the correct amount of lemon juice be 5-1/3 ounces of lemon juice? Thank you!

  2. Thank you for the recipe! I made this last night for a friend who said she had never had a good lemon drop at homeโ€ฆ..she was blown away with this!! It was delicious.

  3. Anxious to try this. You have 12 ounces as the equivalent of 3 cups on the larger recipe. 12 ounces is 1 and a half cups. b

  4. 5 stars
    I received a bottle of home made limoncello and tried your recipe. Needless to say your recipe is a keeper! Could I blend in some cream at the end?

  5. 5 stars
    Love the combo of Cointreau and Limoncello. All the Vitamin C needed to go with Vitamin V. (vodka ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Can’t wait to sip this by the pool. Yum!!

  6. 5 stars
    What a great drink for summer! Love the idea to freeze it for slushy and also love the yellow sugar!

  7. 5 stars
    I love lemon & vodka so I was sure this was a winner. I wasnโ€™t disappointed. So refreshing after a long hike! I have used this vodka before & was sure it would be great! Thanks for another great recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    This is really yummy! It’s often harder to make a simple cocktail with just the right balance – but this one does it ๐Ÿ™‚

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