This strawberry lemon drop martini is a delicious cocktail made with fresh strawberry puree, lemon juice and vodka. It has a nice balance of sweet and tart with the berries and lemons complimenting each other perfectly. This is the perfect summertime cocktail for sipping on the patio.
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What is a Strawberry Lemon Drop?
A strawberry lemon drop martini is a delicious take on the popular lemon drop martini. It is a perfect summer cocktail for sipping on the patio.
It is made with lemon juice and lemon vodka, but the addition of fresh strawberry puree makes this drink slightly sweeter than a lemon martini while still maintaining a nice, tart flavour. It is just the right balance of sweet and sour.
Strawberries and lemons compliment each other nicely, with lemon bringing out the flavour of the fresh berries. This drink is smooth and mellow with a nice, bright finish.
I highly recommend making this drink with fresh berries and fresh lemon for the best flavour, but frozen berries may be used as long as they are thawed first.
For a full list of ingredients and measurements see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Fresh strawberries – While fresh strawberries are best, frozen strawberries will work as long as they are thawed first.
- Fresh lemon juice – You will need 1 ounce of lemon juice, which is equivalent to about 1/2 of one fresh lemon. 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.
- 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.
- Vodka – I highly recommend using a lemon or citrus vodka for this recipe. However, if you only have plain vodka, you can use that, but I suggest adding another 1/2 ounce or so of lemon juice.
You will also want a few things to garnish your glass. We’ve used granulated sugar to garnish the rim and added a lemon wedge and a fresh strawberry.
Step by Step Instructions
Puree the Strawberries
Place the strawberries in a blender with 1 ounce of water. Blend until smooth then pour the strawberry puree through a mesh sieve to remove the pulp and seeds.
Stir the puree in the sieve to help it move through and press with a spoon, if needed.
Set the puree aside.
Pro-Tip: Adding a bit of water to the blender with the strawberries helps liquify them and will make it easier to pour through a strainer. If you don’t mind the pulp or seeds, you can skip the straining if you like.
Sugar the Rims of the Martini Glasses
Fill a small shallow dish with granulated sugar.
Run a lemon wedge around the rim of each martini glass, then dip the glasses in the sugar and swirl to ensure the rim is fully coated.
Make the Martinis
Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice, then add the strawberry puree, vodka, simple syrup and lemon juice.
Place the lid on the shaker and shake until frosty and cold.
Pour the martini between the two martini glasses. Then garnish each with a whole strawberry and slice of lemon.
Substitutions & Variations
There are a few ways you can customize this drink to suit you preferences or adjust for what you have on hand.
- Vodka – While lemon or citrus vodka is highly recommended for this recipe, you can substitute with plain if you like. You will want to increase the lemon juice by about 1/2 an ounce.
- Fresh strawberries – Fresh, in-season strawberries are going to give this cocktail the best berry flavour. But if you can’t get fresh berries, you can use frozen, just make sure you thaw them first.
- Simple syrup – If you don’t want to go to the work of making simple syrup, you can add a couple of teaspoons of granulated sugar to the shaker. However, it may not dissolve completely.
Make it a sparkling cocktail – If you want to make this a sparkling cocktail, you can do so by adding the drink to a tall glass filled with ice, then top it with sparkling water or club soda.
Make it a mocktail – If you don’t want to use alcohol in your drink, you can omit it and replace it with an additional ounce of strawberry puree and half ounce of lemon. Or simply make it as per the recipe, omitting the vodka, and topping the drink with club soda, sparkling water or lemon-lime soda.
How to Make Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is made with just 2 ingredients:
- Granulated sugar
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.
Top Tips & FAQS
- For best flavour, be sure to use fresh lemon juice in this recipe.
- If you can’t find fresh strawberries, you can use frozen strawberries instead. Just be sure to thaw them first.
If you are serving this drink to a crowd and would like to make it ahead, you can mix the ingredients in a pitcher and keep it in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, add ice to a cocktail shaker and add the desired amount of mixed drink. Shake and serve.
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Strawberry Lemon Drop Martini
- 5-6 fresh strawberries to make 3 oz of puree
- 1 ounce water
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 3 ounce lemon vodka
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar for garnish
Make the Strawberry Puree
- Place the strawberries and 1 ounce of water in a blender. Blend until smooth, then pour the puree through a mesh sieve over a small bowl. Use a spoon to stir and press the puree through the sieve, then set aside.
Make the Martinis
- Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice.
- Add 3 oz of the strawberry puree, lemon juice, simple syrup and vodka to the shaker.
- Place the lid on the shaker and shake until frosty and cold.
- Run a lemon wedge around the edge of the martini glasses. Pour the sugar in a shallow plate or bowl, then dip the glasses in the sugar and twist to coat the rim.
- Pour the shaken martini into each glass and then garnish with a fresh berry and a lemon wedge.
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.