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Lemon Drop Martini’s origin is often credited to Norman Jay Hobday, owner of Henry Africa’s bar in San Francisco during the 1970s or 1980s. Legend has it that a customer shared homemade lemon drop candies with Hobday, inspiring him to craft a cocktail around the sweet and tart flavor. Another tale suggests that Norman Bukofzer, a bartender at the “Café de Paris” in Los Angeles, is the creator of this popular drink. Regardless of its true origin, the Lemon Drop Martini has become a widely enjoyed cocktail, blending vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup for a refreshing and zesty flavor. The cocktail’s name is a nod to the lemon drop candy that reportedly sparked its creation.

Lemon Drop Martini shares a delightful balance of sweet and tart flavors, with the crispness of vodka complemented by the bright acidity of freshly squeezed lemon juice. The addition of simple syrup enhances the overall sweetness, creating a refreshing and citrusy cocktail with a subtle underlying richness.

IBA Category:

New Era Drinks


2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce Triple sec or Cointreau
3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 ounce simple syrup
lemon twist or wedge for garnish
ice cubes
sugar for rimming the glass

1. Rim a chilled martini glass with sugar.
2. In a shaker, combine vodka, Triple sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice.
3. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds and strain into the prepared glass.
4. Garnish with a lemon twist or wedge.

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