Lemon Drop Martini – The Delicious Classic 1970s Recipe

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Lemon Drop Cocktail
Lemon Drop Cocktail

Invented in the 1970s in San Francisco by Norman Jay Hobday, this drink is essentially a fancy Vodka Sour. It replaces the simple syrup with orange liqueur and has a fun, catchy name. I intentionally leave the word martini off because there is nothing martini about this. This is a sour through and through and has more familiarity with the Sidecar than a Dry Martini. Bars like putting this drink in a Martini glass for some reason, thus the confusion.


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Lemon Drop Martini

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Learn how to make a classic Lemon Drop Martini.


  • 2/3 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1 oz Orange Liqueur

  • 2 oz Vodka


  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass to remove ice shards.


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