10 Lemon Martini Recipes
For the martini lover who loves lemons, there’s nothing quite like a refreshing lemon martini especially when the weather is warm.
At one time, martinis were a “classic” drink. There weren’t a lot of options to choose from. It was basically gin or vodka, dry vermouth, and a lemon twist or green olive. It was a drink for the serious drinker and and many people associated a certain social class with a martini drinker. Those rules don’t apply today…almost anything goes. Now, just about anything served in a martini glass can be called a “martini”. For the purist, that’s not a good thing, but for the rest of us, it’s awesome!
Now let’s get to the good stuff, below are recipes for ten delicious, divine and devilishly good lemon martinis.
As a bonus, here’s a video from BARTENDING BOOTCAMP in NYC demonstrating how to make another version of the Lemon Drop martini. In addition to seeing the process, the bartender is easy on the eyes!
1. Perfect Lemon Drop Martini
1 1/2 oz Grey Goose® vodka
1/2 oz triple sec
1 tsp superfine sugar
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
Mix the Grey Goose vodka, triple sec, sugar and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice cubes. Shake well to make sure sugar is blended. Pour strained liquor into a sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with a twisted peel of lemon.
NOTE: To create a sugar-rimmed glass, take a lemon wedge and rub the drinking surface of the glass so it is barely moist. Dip the edge of the glass into sugar.
2. Lavendar Lemonade Martini
Add the sugar to water in pot on stove and bring to boil; cook only until sugar is dissolved. Add lavender sprigs and allow to cool completely.Put lemon juice in pitcher and strain lavender/sugar water into same pitcher. Add cup of ice to pitcher and stir well. Use a lemon slice to wet the edge of a martini glass. Rim the edge with sugar. I typically put a layer of sugar on a saucer and dip the top edge in it. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and lemonade; shake thoroughly til very cold. Pour the lemonade/vodka mixture through a strainer into a cocktail glass, filling 2/3 full. Add 1/2 to a full shot of vodka depending on your taste and stir.Garnish with lavender sprigs and/or lemon slices
3. Myer Lemon Martini
3 oz Stolichnaya® vanilla vodka
3 oz simple syrup
1 ozfresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
Combine ingredients, over ice, into a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a paper thin slice of Meyer Lemon, floating on the top.
These are DELICIOUS! They have a richness to them, due to the vanilla vodka and the Meyer Lemons, which are sweeter, smoother and richer than regular lemons.
4. James Bond Lemon Martini
3 parts of dry gin
1 part of lemon vodka
splash of dry vermouth
twist of limes
Mix it like you usually mix a martini. you could use lime vodka if you can find it but I’ve only made it with lemon vodka since i couldn’t find any good lime vodka. A twist of lime goes well with this but if you must you can do the usual olive as a garnish as well.
5. London Lemonade Martini
2 1/2 ounces gin, bombay sapphire preferred
1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 ounce lime juice, Rose’s preferred
1/2 ounce Cointreau liqueur
1 lemon twist (garnish)
Stir or shake all ingredients together and pour into martini glass.
Garnish with lemon twist.
6. Raspberry Lemonade Martini
1 1/4 ounce(s) Citron Vodka
1/4 ounce(s) triple sec
3/4 ounces prepared Raspberry Lemonade (we made ours from frozen concentrate leftover from this recipe but fresh squeezed would be amazing!)
Colored sugar and edible flowers in pink or yellow
Cut a slice of lemon and rub the fruit across the rim of your glass to moisten it so the sugar will stick. Dip the rim of the glass in colored sugar to coat. We picked pink sugar. Combine the vodka, triple sec and the raspberry lemonade in a shaker with ice. Shake well.
Strain drink into glass. Garnish with an edible flower.
7. Strawberry Lemonade Martini
3/4 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, sliced
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups lemonade
4 ounces vodka, chilled
2 ounces triple sec
1/2 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp lemon zest
lemon slices for garnish
Puree strawberries with 1 Tbsp lemon juice in a blender until smooth. Push strawberry puree through a sieve removing any seeds. Combine sugar and zest in a shallow bowl. Rub a slice of lemon along the edge of the glass and dip glass into sugar-zest mixture. Fill a martini shaker with ice and combine lemonade, strawberry puree, vodka and triple sec. Shake for 15 seconds and pour into sugar rimmed glass. Garnish with lemon slices.
8. Pink Lemonade Martini
1½ oz cranberry juice
1oz lemon flavored vodka
½ oz lime cordial
Combine cranberry juice, limoncello, lemon-flavored vodka, lemonade and lime cordial in a cocktail shaker. Add a large handful of ice shake vigorously to chill and pour into a martini glass.
9. Absolut Lemon Martini
2 Parts ABSOLUT CITRON
2 Parts ABSOLUT VODKA
3 Parts Lemon Juice
1 Part Triple Sec
1 Part Simple Syrup
1 Peel Lemon
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon.
10. Strawberry Basil Martini
2 oz strawberry infused vodka
2 oz lemonade
4-5 basil leaves
simple syrup, to taste
Infuse strawberries by trimming off the hull, cutting in half, and placing in a jar. Fill the jar with vodka and seal tightly. Let sit in a cool, dark place for 3-14 days.
For the cocktail, remove some of the vodka-soaked strawberries from the jar and place them in a cocktail shaker. Add basil leaves and muddle until well blended. Add vodka, lemonade, simple syrup and ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a strawberry