This delicious martini first appeared on the scene in California in the ‘70’s and is still a popular West Coast drink. The original lemon drop martini was created in San Francisco at a single’s bar. The martini is a lovely balance of tartness, with a touch of sweet, and very potent. The first one goes down fast and easy—watch out for the second!
At our bistro, it was one of our signature drink; we kept the recipe simple to perfection. There are many versions, claiming the best, but I would like to present the only recipe I believe to be “tried and true”, made 100’s of times throughout the years—it never fails!
Don’t forget~serve in an ice-cold martini glass–martinis are meant to be served cold. To sugar rim the martini glass; wet the outside of the rim with a lemon, fill a saucer with sugar, place the martini glass onto the sugar, gently turning the glass, shake off extra sugar.
Regarding the Vodka, DO NOT use flavoured Vodka—step it up a notch and use the Grey Goose Vodka from France. Make up the simple syrup (1 cup water + 1 cup sugar, heat to dissolve; let cool) ahead of time and refrigerate for a lemon drop the following day.
1 whole lemon—squeeze juice
1 oz (30 ml) simple syrup
2 oz (60 ml) Vodka—Absolut or Grey Goose
1 sugar rimmed martini glass–chilled
- Fill a martini shaker with ice.
- Add freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup and Vodka.int
- Shake vigorously* and pour into chilled, sugar rimmed martini glass.
- Garnish with a lemon twist.
*you can bruise a martini by shaking it too much; however the lemon drop needs a good shake.