Legends Lemon Drop Martini

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Today’s special cocktail recipe is the fabulous Lemon Drop Martini, served at the Legends Ball, hosted by Oprah Winfrey.

lemon drop martini in sugar rimmed glass


Ladies and gentlemen, it is Thursday and you know what that means!  It’s Ladies Night and all the ladies receive the special VIP treatment.  When I was years younger Thursday night would find me out with the girls at a club with no cover charge and half price drinks.

Ladies night then evolved into a girls VIP treatment hosted at my house.  No matter how or where you celebrate, come check out our ladies special every Thursday at The Slow Roasted Italian where we will be featuring one special drink for all you ladies out there.  So, kick off your heels, pamper yourself and fix yourself a drink (virgin or not).

Guys, of course you are welcome too!

Legends Lemon Drop Martini

Today’s special is the fabulous Lemon Drop Martini served at the Legends Ball by Oprah Winfrey.  Whether you are an Oprah fan or not you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE this martini cocktail recipe.  It truly is like a lemon drop in a glass!

Recipe adapted from Oprah Winfrey

With love, from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Legends Lemon Drop Martini

Donna Elick
Whether you are an Oprah fan or not, you are going to love this Lemon Drop Martini. It truly is like a lemon drop in a glass!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Method Mixed
Servings 2


  • 3/4 cups lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons super fine sugar, plus about 1/4 cup to sugar-rim the martini glass
  • 2 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 shots vodka
  • Ice in shaker
  • 1 lemon wedge, to sugar-rim the martini glass


  • Pour about 1/4 cup super fine sugar onto a saucer slightly larger than your martini glass rim. Prepare your glasses by rubbing the rim of your glass with your lemon wedge.
  • Place rim of glass in sugar and spin slowly to coat the rim.
  • Mix lemon juice, sugar and vodka in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake well and pour into sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with mint.

Donna’s Notes

You can make your own super fine sugar by running granulated sugar in the food processor.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 72cal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 15g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published August 2011.

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  1. ladies night was more popular for me when i was in my 20s. Me nad some friends just went for dining recently, ladies nite and we had free flow of red wine! Thanks for sharing this home mix martini!

  2. Oh the memories! This drink sounds like a fine little break this weekend! Thanks I will enjoy this!

  3. It's been a tough few weeks back in classes (sorry I've been so absent in commenting!)….so I need one, no two, and maybe 3 of these! Yummy and will hit the spot! I hope that you'll consider sharing this recipe over on my weekend foodie blog hop. I try to always feature at least one beverage that would appeal to many, many people! Ciao amica, Roz

  4. I am so thrilled that you shared this lemon drop martini….I featured it today on Fresh Food Friday. I hope that you can stop by and take a look and hopefully add 2 or 3 more of your outstanding recipes! Thanks again, Roz

  5. 5 stars
    I love your cocktail recipes, and lemon is my fave! This one is going to be a staple for when I have guests over!

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