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Limoncello Martini (lemon drop martini)

The most delicious and refreshing Limoncello Martini AKA Lemon Drop Martini made with only 4 simple ingredients. This fun cocktail is perfect for serving up at parties and is so impressive. It's zingy, sweet and tastes just as good as it looks!
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Modern Italian
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 305kcal
Author: Emily Kemp


  • 1 part limoncello (1oz/35ml)
  • 1 part vodka (1oz/35ml)
  • 1 part simple syrup (1oz/35ml)
  • ½ fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon peel for garnish optional


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour the limoncello, vodka, simple syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Shake until thoroughly combined then pour into a martini glass. Serve with a lemon peel as garnish (optional).


  • Get a good quality Limoncello - if you can, try to get a brand of limoncello that's made with Amalfi lemons. There are a lot of big brands that use lemon powder instead of fresh lemons and it has a really synthetic taste. You'll notice that the limoncello is almost neon or unusually bright (bad sign).
  • Making simple syrup - put equal quantites of sugar and water (1 cup/250ml) in a saucepan and bring to boil until sugar has dissolved, let cool. You can also buy this online or in supermarkets.
  • Notes on simple syrup - you can make as little as 1/2 cup of equal quantities of sugar and water (125ml). I like to use 1 cup (250ml) and store any leftovers in glass bottles or jars for using in other cocktails (you can also use if for cold brew coffees).
  • Fresh lemon juice - I like to use 1/2 a fresh lemon per cocktail but if you like it tarter you can add more juice.
  • Lemon juice bits - You might get small pieces of fresh lemon in your cocktail if you don't use a small strainer but that doesn't affect the taste. I personally don't use one.
  • Serving suggestions - I love to serve my limoncello martini with nibbles such as Easy Marinated Olives – Ready In 5 Minutes or Fried Sage Leaves with Anchovies.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin C: 6mg | Iron: 1mg