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Recipe Summary

5 mins
5 mins

The store shelves are full of flavored vodkas these days, which makes it easier for us to mix cocktails at home that are worthy of a martini bar. A Lemon Drop is tart and fresh tasting, sweetened with only a splash of simple syrup—which is nothing more than granulated sugar dissolved warm water (1:1 ratio) and cooled before using. (Simple syrup keeps for about a month in the fridge, so it's easy to keep a supply on hand for cocktail hour.) But if you like the sounds of a cocktail that's reminiscent of lemon candy, you can sugar the rim of the martini glass.


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cut lemon in half crosswise. Juice 1 lemon half to measure 2 tablespoons juice, and set aside. Discard squeezed lemon half. Cut remaining lemon half into slices. Using 1 lemon slice, wet rim of a martini glass. Reserve 1 lemon slice for garnish; reserve remaining slices for another use. Place sugar on a plate. Dip rim of martini glass into sugar to lightly coat.

  • Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add vodka, simple syrup, and reserved lemon juice. Place lid on shaker; shake until well combined and chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into prepared martini glass. Garnish with reserved lemon slice. Serve immediately.