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Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini

The blueberry lemon drop martini is a light and refreshing cocktail with freshly crushed blueberries, lemon juice, and vodka. It has a tart citrus flavor with the subtle sweetness of blueberries and is crisp and smooth. This tasty martini is best when served ice cold and is perfect for sipping with friends on a hot summer day.

Blueberry martinis in stemless glasses garnished with fresh berries and lemon wedge.

The lemon blueberry martini is a delicious cocktail, perfect for summer sipping when berries are in season. It has a tart lemon flavor with a subtle hint of sweet blueberry and is light and refreshing.

If you like this, you may also love the strawberry lemon drop or the raspberry martini.

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The blueberry lemon drop is a fun twist on the classic lemon drop martini.

It is made with lemon juice and vodka, but adding freshly crushed blueberries makes this cocktail slightly sweeter than the traditional lemon cocktail.

This cocktail is light and smooth with a nice, bright finish. Be careful; the lemon and berry mask the alcohol well, and they can sneak up on you quickly!

Where I live, blueberries are plentiful during the summer months and plump, juicy, and sweet. When crushed, their bold colour transforms this drink into a beautiful pinkish-purple beverage.

Blueberries and lemon are always a fantastic combination. The lemon adds a sour note while bringing out the flavour of the fresh berries. 

Fresh berries can vary in flavour depending on the variety, size, and where they are grown, so you may need to adjust the quantity you use depending on how strong you would like the berry flavour to be.

This cocktail leans towards a stronger lemon flavor with a hint of berry, but that can also be adjusted by using more berries, or using berry flavored vodka, or blueberry simply syrup instead of regular.

I highly recommend making this drink with fresh berries and lemon for the best flavor, but if blueberries are not in season, you can use frozen berries as long as you thaw them first. In a pinch, you can substitute the whole berries with 1-2 ounces of blueberry juice.

Two blueberry martinis with garnished with a cocktail pick of fresh berries and a lemon wedge.

Ingredients & Substitutions

For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Fresh blueberries – While fresh blueberries are best, frozen berries will work as long as they are thawed first.  

Fresh lemon juice – You will need one to two whole lemons, depending on their size. While you could use bottled if you don’t have fresh lemons on hand, you may need to adjust the amount as bottled can have a stronger taste than fresh. 

Vodka—I highly recommend using lemon or citrus vodka for this recipe. If you’d rather have more blueberry flavor than lemon, you can use blueberry vodka instead. Plain vodka will work, but it will dilute the fruit flavors of the drink.  

Gin can be used instead of vodka if you enjoy the botanical notes of the spirit. You can also replace some of the vodka with limoncello if you want an even bolder lemon flavor.

Simple syrup – Simple syrup is made from equal parts water and granulated sugar. You don’t need a lot for this recipe, but it does help mellow the tartness and blend the flavours. It is easy to make and the instructions are provided further down in this post.

Ingredients for blueberry lemon martini.

How to Make a Blueberry Lemon Drop

Add a handful of blueberries to a cocktail shaker and crush them with a muddler or spoon to release their juice.

Fill the cocktail shaker half way with ice, then add the vodka, simple syrup and lemon juice.

A cocktail shaker filled with muddled blueberries, ice and vodka.

Pro-Tip: If you don’t like the bits of blueberry that float in the drink, you can press the blueberries through a fine mesh strainer before adding the juice to the cocktail shaker.

Place the lid on the shaker and shake until frosty and cold.

Mixed blueberry martini in a cocktail shaker.

Pour the martini between the two martini glasses. Then garnish each with fresh blueberries and a lemon wedge. 

If you’d like the martini glasses to have a sugared rim, simply run a lemon wedge around the rim and dip it in a shallow dish of granulated sugar.

How to Make Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is made with just 2 ingredients:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Water

Simply place equal parts sugar and water in a sauce pan and heat over medium heat until the sugar is fully dissolved. Allow the sugar water to cool and then pour into a container, such as a glass jar or bottle, for storage.

This should keep for several months in the refrigerator.

Blueberry martinis in stemless glasses with a bowl of fresh berries and lemon wedges.

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Blueberry martinis in stemless glasses garnished with fresh berries and lemon wedge.

Blueberry Lemon Martini

The blueberry lemon drop martini is a light and refreshing cocktail with freshly crushed blueberries, lemon juice, and vodka. It has a tart citrus flavor with the subtle sweetness of blueberries and is crisp and smooth.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 205kcal
Author: Deanna

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup blueberries about 25 blueberries
  • 2 ounces lemon juice
  • 1 ½ ounces simple syrup
  • 4 ounces lemon vodka
  • ice

Instructions

  • Add a handful of blueberries (about ¼ cup) to a cocktail shaker, and using a muddler or spoon, crush the berries to release their juice.
  • Fill the cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  • Add the vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  • Place the lid on the shaker and shake until frosty and cold.
  • Pour the cocktail into two martini glasses, garnish with berries and lemon wedges and serve.

Nutrition

Estimated Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Lemon Martini
Amount per Serving
Calories
205
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
13
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
20
g
7
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
18
g
20
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Equipment

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While you don’t need anything other than something to shake the cocktail and a couple of glasses, some things will make your cocktail experience more enjoyable. 

Cocktail shaker – A cocktail shaker will help you mix your drinks quickly while chilling them. There are many styles to choose from, and you don’t need anything fancy. One of my favourites is a mason jar style shaker, and if you don’t have a proper cocktail shaker, a mason jar with a lid will work too.

Muddler – A muddler is a tool with a long handle and flat, textured head, that is used to crush cocktail ingredients such as berries and herbs. The long handle makes it easy to reach the bottom of the cocktail shaker. If you don’t have one of these, you can use a long spoon instead. 

Martini glasses – You don’t need anything fancy, but proper martini glasses will make this drink extra pretty. You can use stemmed martini glasses or stemless martini glasses. A short cocktail glass will work fine if you don’t have a martini glass. 

Jigger – A jigger will allow you to measure your ingredients precisely. It is small and designed to measure and pour the smaller quantities generally used in cocktails. You can use a small measuring cup or glass if you don’t have a jigger.

Cocktail picks – Cocktail picks are not essential but will allow you to add fun garnishes without falling to the glass’s bottom.

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