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Lemon Drop Martinis

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Lemon Drop Martinis made with Limoncello, orange liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and a sugar rim are the perfect combination of sweet and sour in a refreshing cocktail. This fun and easy cocktail is perfect for serving at parties all summer long!

Check out the Holiday Martinis page for even more festive, easy to whip up martini recipes for any holiday gathering throughout the year!

Lemon Drop Martinis in sugar rimmed martini glasses.

While I was in Idaho for my Mom’s birthday, she through a dinner party for some of her friends…and I was the Chef!

Let’s start with these Lemon Drop Martinis, and then I will explain the rest. These are my Mom’s new favorite drink!! I have been hearing about them for months now, and you know me, I had to investigate. 😉  So we went to Bardenay’s Restaurant for a Three Martini lunch, including these Huckleberry Lemon Drop Martinis.

Huckleberry Lemon Drop Martini in a bar.

I think I may now have a new favorite cocktail as well. I prefer the regular Lemon Drop over the Huckleberry, but they are both delicious.

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🙋What are huckleberries?

Huckleberries are the state fruit of Idaho, and according to Wikipedia – “The berries are small and round, 5–10 mm in diameter and look like dark blueberries. In taste, the berries range from tart to sweet, with a flavor similar to that of a blueberry, especially in blue- and purple-colored varieties. However, many kinds of huckleberries have a noticeable, distinct taste different from blueberries, and some have noticeably larger seeds.”

Huckleberry Lemon Drop Martinis at home.

Personally, I thought the huckleberries tasted like blueberries. I got to try whole huckleberries in the Huckleberry Crème Brûlée when we went to Bistro on Spruce for dinner one night. I was so excited to try the Crème Brûlée that I forgot to take a photo. 🙁  

I did get a photo of my favorite Bistro Burger.

Bistro Burger and fries at a restaurant.

While we were having dinner, we put together the menu for the dinner party. I thought it would be fun to do a Northwest theme since I was in Idaho, and I have so many Southwest recipes here on the blog…we needed some balance!

♎ Libra Meal Inspiration

We started our meal with Lemon Drop Martinis. Bardenay’s makes their own lemon vodka, which is probably why they are so good. We tried making them with Absolut Citron, but they weren’t the same. When I got home, I made them with Limoncello and they were perfect!!

🍸How to make Lemon Drop Martinis

Start by rubbing lemon juice around the rim of 2 martini glasses, then dip the glasses in super fine sugar.

Martini glass upside down in a sugar filled plate.

Garnish with lemon slices and set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add the limoncello {or high quality lemon vodka}, triple sec, and lemon juice.

Lemon Drop Martinis in a cocktail shaker.

Shake to combine, and pour into prepared glasses.

Looking down on Lemon Drop Martinis.

If you have access to huckleberry syrup {I used huckleberry pancake syrup} or any other flavor of simple syrup, add it with the other ingredients.

I made a Salad with candied pecans and Huckleberry Vinaigrette that is so similar to my Aquarius Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette from last year, that I am not going to post a new one. I just used huckleberry jam instead of blueberry preserves.

Aquarius Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette.

Next up for our meal we had Huckleberry Glazed Salmon with Goat Cheese Whipped Potatoes.

Huckleberry Glazed Salmon with Goat Cheese Whipped Potatoes.

Don’t panic, I have substitutions for you!! For dessert we had Chocolate Huckleberry Rum Cocktail Cake.

Chocolate Huckleberry Rum Cocktail Bundt Cake!

This is going to be a fun week of recipes and stories behind the meal.

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Lemon Drop Martini in a sugar rimmed glass.

Lemon Drop Martinis

Lemon Drop Martinis are sweet and refreshing sunshine in a glass!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon, martini, cocktail, recipe, limoncello
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 202kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 3 ounces Limoncello or lemon vodka (high quality)
  • 1 ounce triple sec (orange liqueur)
  • 1.5 ounces fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • super fine sugar (to rim the glass)
  • lemon slices (to garnish)


  • Rub lemon juice around the rim of martini glasses.
  • Dip glasses in super fine sugar, and garnish with lemon slices. Set aside.
  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Add Limoncello, triple sec, and lemon juice. *Add flavored syrup is using*
  • Shake cocktail to combine, and pour into prepared glasses.


  • Add 2 teaspoons huckleberry syrup (if desired)
  • The sugar used to rim the glasses is not included in the Nutrition Facts.


Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 21mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin C: 8.3mg

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