a lemon drop martini with a lime on the rim of the glass on a tray
Drink Recipes

Recipe For A Lemon Drop

This article will show you the recipe for a lemon drop martini. As vodka becomes a more attractive liquor, so do vodka cocktails. This cocktail is very popular among people who are into sour cocktails. Below is the recipe for this sweet and sour drink.

vodka soda on a table with limes and mint beside it

Here’s What You’re Going to Need:

  • Vodka
  • Triple Sec
  • Simple Syrup
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar

Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

Lemon Drop

The lemon drop cocktail is a sweet & sour drink that is becoming a desirable beverage for all vodka drinkers.
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon cocktail, Lemon drop cocktail recipe, Lemon drop drink recipe
Servings: 1
Calories: 257kcal
Cost: $4


  • Jigger/shot glass
  • Martini glass
  • Shaker


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ice (preferably crushed)


  • Coat the rim of the martini glass with sugar, let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the vodka, triple sec, simple syrup, ice, and lemon juice into the shaker and mix well.
    glass cocktail with ice, bar tools, limes, and a shaker on a table
  • Pour cocktail into the arranged glass and enjoy it!
    a lemon drop martini with a lime on the rim of the glass on a tray



Serving: 1g | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin C: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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Lemon Drop Size Conversion

Maybe you’d like to make this drink for a large group of people? Or maybe you like it so much that you want to make 10 for yourself! We have created a calculator that will tell you exactly how much of each ingredient is necessary for the portion that you desire. All you need to do is type the number of drinks that you would like to make and it will do the rest!

History Of The Lemon Drop

two lemon drop cocktails with mint leaves and a lemon split in half on a counter

The lemon drop first became recognized as a prominent cocktail during the 1970s in California. A retired Vietnam veteran named, Norman Jay Hobday, was working in his hair salon when he decided to make some drinks for potential clients. He came up with the idea of mixing vodka, lemon juice, and syrup into a cocktail for his clients to drink while waiting to get their hair done up. Almost every person who drank it gave him compliments about the “lemon drop” beverage. That year, he soon opened up the first fern bar. A fern bar is different from regular bars because it has house plants, tiffany lamps, and other urban amenities which gave it a modern vibe. Since then, he has been known as the creator of this drink and the person who gave it it’s fame.

There is controversy over the classification of the lemon drop cocktail. Some people consider the lemon drop a martini, while experts classify it in the same category as the Crusta, which originated over 100 years ago somewhere in Louisiana.


Can I substitute the vodka for another liquor like Gin or White rum?

Yes you can do this although it will no longer have the same taste.

If the drink is too strong can I water it down?

I would not recommend watering the drink down. You can always add less alcohol or add more mix to lighten the drink.

Where can I find these ingredients?

The ingredients can be purchased at your local grocery and liquor store.

Other Ways This Drink Is Made

This is a more classical method of making a true lemon drop. In this recipe, you do not use any unnatural ingredients like triple sec/simple syrup. For sophisticated people.

Here is another variation of the lemon drop. It is prepared a little bit differently and uses a unique ingredient for a stellar flavour.

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