3-Ingredient Lemon Drop Martini RecipeLemon Drop Martinis are one of my favorite drinks to order on date night with the hubs. Or to whip together after a long day in the newsroom or weeding the garden. The owner of the sushi place we usually hit for said date night makes a fabulous version. After much tweaking and drinking and experimenting, I've replicated his version using just three ingredients: lemonade, vodka and limoncello, which is a lemon liqueur and basically the best thing since sliced bread or espresso. If you're living in Europe or an urban part of the U.S. maybe you have access to multiple brands of limoncello. I have just two limoncello brands on my local liquor shelves: Caravella and Pallini. Pallini is a brand I really like it and it happens to the brand that my Japanese bartender uses. As far as the lemonade in the drink, I use prepared Minute Maid, which is sold in the refrigerator section of your grocery store. Would this drink be even more fabulous if I made homemade? Of course it would.
Calorie Warning:I should warn you that these cocktails are addictive. I should also warn you that you're ingesting 200 calories just from the vodka and the liquor. Add four ounces of lemonade and you're drinking a lot of sugar. To that end, I've started using Minute Maid's Just 15 Calories Lemonade. That's 15 calories for an eight-ounce portion. I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners but this variety tastes fine to me and adds just 7.5 calories to my 200 calories of liquor. Your turn: what's your favorite cocktail recipe? Share it in the comment section below.
3-Ingredient Lemon Drop Martini Recipe
Author: Jennifer @Kitchen Serf
Recipe type: cocktail
Three ingredients are all you need to make tangy but sweet lemon drop martinis.
- Four ounces lemonade (homemade or your favorite brand, like Minute Maid but please, no powdered versions)
- 1.5 ounces vodka
- 1.5 ounces limoncello
- Sugar for rim of glass
- Lemon for garnish
- Shot glass or jigger to measure liquor
- Cocktail shaker or mason jar with tight-fitting lid
- Rub a slice of lemon around edge of glass.
- Dip rim of glass in white sugar and set aside.
- Pour lemonade, vodka and limoncello in a shaker or mason jar and shake well.
- Pour into a glass over ice.
- Garnish with a wedge of lemon, if you like.
- Serves one.