The Weekend Cocktail: The Lemon Drop Martini

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Lemons are so abundant in Southren California that I am making lemon pasta, lemon chicken, lemon crème brulee and I am even making lemon drop cocktails. Invented on the West Coast in the 1970’s,  Lemon Drops have been a favorite martini for all of these years.

Served as a signature cocktail at many of Hollywood’s biggest events, Oprah even created a version using fresh mint for her Legends Ball. While I have sipped them with some of my male friends they really are kind of a ladies drink so it is a great excuse for really fun presentations starting with the glass. has some of the most festive and fun cocktail glasses that I have ever seen. Superfine sugar is the best for rimming the glass or you can use some of the fun spring colored sugars. I like to float a lemon twist or you can float edible spring flowers.

Like most martinis it is an alcohol heavy drink so if you prefer,  shake some lemon-aid in a cool martini glass. Grab some of your friends and enjoy this lemony taste of the season!


3 ounces vodka

1-ounce triple sec

1-teaspoon superfine sugar

3 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice

Superfine sugar for rimming the glass

Twisted peel of lemon for garnish

Run a slice of lemon around the top of two chilled martini glasses and place the sugar on a plate. Rim glasses with sugar. Pour vodka, triplesec, sugar and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into the prepared glasses.

About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.