I love this lemon drop martini cocktail recipe because it is slightly sour and oh so lemony!
It’s funny that I like this cocktail. Why it’s funny is because even though I do like lemons, I don’t love them.
In fact, once upon a time, I almost gave up lemons.
Master Cleanse Fiasco
This was not really a fiasco. I was being sensational. But this was a time when I almost went off of lemons. Forever.
When we lived in California, I decided to follow the master cleanse detox fast. If you don’t know what that is, it consists of not eating for 10 days, but drinking a mixture of water, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
I did it multiple times over a period of a few years.
The last time I did the cleanse, I would gag when I squeezed the lemons. Literally gag. I finished out that cycle of the cleanse, but that was the last time I was able to do it.
My aversion got so bad that when I was in a restaurant and the wait staff brought me water with a slice of lemon in it. I’d have to send it back. And if my face was screwed up into an expression of extreme yuck, I couldn’t be blamed.
That was long before I adopted my pet expression, “Glurg.” But yeah. Glurg.
It’s been years now that I can have lemon juice without gagging, especially in cocktails. (Where there’s a will, there’s a way!) But I still sometimes am reminded of those master cleanse days.
So now, this cocktail? Ooooo. Very yummy! I love the lemon in it and if you like lemons, you will love this martini! And if you don’t like lemons, this cocktail will go a long way toward healing that rift. Trust me. I know.
On to the recipe.
The Ingredients for the Lemon Drop Martini cocktail and the Mixing
I grab my lemon, Grey Goose vodka, Cointreau and simple syrup.
First up, I take my cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice.
I measure 2 ounces of vodka.
I pour it into the cocktail shaker.
I grab the Cointreau and pour out 3/4 ounce of this lovely and delicious orange liqueur.
I pour the Cointreau into the shaker.
Fresh Lemon Juice, No gagging allowed
I squeeze out 1 ounce of lemon juice. I also cut a thin lemon wheel for garnish at the same time.
Into the shaker the lemon juice goes.
Next up, is the simple syrup. I measure out 3/4 ounce.
I pour it into the shaker, cap it and shake the lemon drop martini 10 times.
I grab my martini glass and strain the contents of the shaker into it. I also float the lemon wheel in the cocktail.
Let’s look at the vertical view.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe and these photos!
It’s super yummy and loved by lemon loving peeps.
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Yields 1 Drink
This is such a refreshing and satisfying cocktail!
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- 2 ounces vodka (I used Grey Goose)
- .75 ounce Cointreau (or triple sec)
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- .75 ounce simple syrup
- Lemon wheel
- Martini glass
- Fill cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice
- Add vodka, Cointreau, lemon juice and simple syrup
- Cap shaker and shake 10 times
- Strain contents of shaker into martini glass
- Float lemon wheel
- Lift glass