Lemon Drop Martini

Bursting with zesty citrus flavor, this refreshing cocktail may become your new summertime favorite.

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Servings 1

2
cups sugar
Grated peel of 1 medium lemon (2 to 3 teaspoons)
1/4
cup citrus-flavored or plain vodka
2
tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2
tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur
Ice
Edible flower

Simple Syrup (makes about 1 2/3 cups)

1
cup water
1
cup sugar

  • 1 Make Simple Syrup (below).
  • 2 While syrup is cooling, in small bowl, stir together sugar and lemon peel. Moisten rim of martini glass with lemon wedge. Dip rim in sugar mixture. Chill glass in freezer until ready to use.
  • 3 In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, lemon juice, liqueur, 1 1/2 tablespoons Simple Syrup and a handful of ice; shake until well mixed.
  • 4 Pour through a strainer into prepared glass; garnish with edible flower.
  • 5 Simple Syrup: In small saucepan, heat water and sugar over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture simmers and sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cool.

Expert Tips

Look for edible flowers such as nasturtiums, pansies and violets in the produce department of the grocery store. Edible flowers have not been treated with chemicals so they're safe to eat.

Cover and refrigerate any remaining Simple Syrup for up to 1 week.

If you prefer to measure alcohol in ounces, 2 tablespoons equals 1 oz.