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Something as simple as a lemon drop should be simple, but yet it requires just the perfect balance of sweet and tart. This lemon drop martini with limoncello has the perfect balance for the perfect lemon drop you have been craving.
I picked up a bottle of Caravella limoncello at Costco a while back knowing I would bake with it or use it in a sangria. When a friend asked me for a great lemon drop recipe, I decided I needed another martini recipe besides my French Martini on Farm Wife Drinks.
Lemon Drop Martini with Limoncello
A little lemon juice, sugar, and vodka can get you a lemon drop, but with a few more great ingredients, you can have the perfect lemon drop martini.
Now, before you do anything, you want to make your martini glasses super fancy with those sugar rims. I find the old school citrus juicers are perfect for also rimming glasses. So, I juiced a half of a lemon and dipped my martini glasses in the juice. Then on a salad plate, I put a few tablespoons of sugar that immediately had the sugar sticking to the rim of the glass. The perfect start to a perfect lemon drop martini.
With the martini glasses ready for the goods, in a shaker combine vodka, limoncello, triple sec, lemon juice and sugar over ice. Then shake till completely combined and sugar is good and dissolved.
But let’s talk about limoncello for a moment. It is a lemon flavored liqueur that I swear I might start drinking over ice. If you are a lover of anything lemon flavored, you need to snag a bottle. Add to some Sprite or just drink it in this Lemon Drop Martini.
Pour the shaken martini into two glasses. Garnish the lemon drop martini with lemon slices and mint leaves. You can share your second martini. Or just drink them both. No one will know!
- 4 shots of vodka
- 2 shots of limoncello
- 1 shot of triple sec
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 lemon for garnish
- 1 tablespoon of sugar for garnish
- Mint leaves for garnish
Juice half of a lemon in an old school lemon juicer and dip the rim of martini glasses in the juice and then immediately dip into sugar that is spread out on a small plate. Set aside.
In a large cocktail shaker, combine ice, vodka, limoncello, triple sec, sugar and lemon juice.
Shake till completely combined and sugar dissolved.
Pour into two prepared glasses.
Garnish with a lemon slice and mint leaf.
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