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Summer Martinis: Lemon Drop and Raspberry Lemon

Updated on August 4, 2012
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Summer Martinis

The traditional martini is great for a formal function when men are wearning tuxedos and women are adorned in evening gowns. James Bond preferred his shaken not stirred. The traditional martini is a drier affair with an air of sophistication and wealth about it. Summer martinis on the other hand shout fun and summer time relaxation and celebration with friends in an informal setting. The two summer martinis featured blend sweet and sour in a flavour burst that wows the taste buds. One taste and your friends will be inviting themselves back for more of the same. The preparation time is not excessive but the best flavour for these martinis comes from fresh lemons. Real lemon juice bought from the supermarket will make a delightful Lemon martini but the flavour is a tad more bitter and not as dramatically appealing to the taste buds. However, the extra time given to squeezing fresh lemon juice, with the almost 100% daily requirement of vitamin C, makes the taste experience so very more worth while for entertaining with guests. Save the Real Lemon experience for yourself when you want to whip up a quick batch. So, this summer always have on hand a bottle of vodka and a bottle of raspberry vodka and of course fresh lemons. Lemon drop and Raspberry Lemon Martinis will then only be a quick mix away!

4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Lemon Drop Martini

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 2 martinis

Ingredients for the Summer Martini

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Fresh lemons and mint from the garden.Instant dissolving sugar, vodka, and large granule, coloured sugar.Martini glass, cocktail shaker and ice.
Fresh lemons and mint from the garden.
Fresh lemons and mint from the garden. | Source
Instant dissolving sugar, vodka, and large granule, coloured sugar.
Instant dissolving sugar, vodka, and large granule, coloured sugar. | Source
Martini glass, cocktail shaker and ice.
Martini glass, cocktail shaker and ice. | Source

Ingredients for the Summer Martinis

  • 6 medium lemons, juiced
  • 4 Tbs quick dissolve sugar
  • 6 mint leaves, fresh from garden preferable
  • 4 1oz shots vodka
  • ice, cubes or shaved
  • 4 tsp large granule sugar, coloured or white
  • cocktail shaker
  • shot glass with measurements in ounces
  • 4 1oz shots raspberry vodka

Making a Summer Martini

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After dipping the mouth of the glass in lemon juice, dip the glass mouth in a plate of coloured sugar.  Add ice to the cocktail shaker.Carefully cut the lemon in half.Squeeze the lemon juice into the cocktail shaker.Add the vodka and the quick dissolving sugar to the cocktail shaker.Shake the mixture firmly until the cocktail shaker feels cool or cold.Pour the mixture into the martini glass.Mint leaves make an attractive garnish for a summer martini.
After dipping the mouth of the glass in lemon juice, dip the glass mouth in a plate of coloured sugar.
After dipping the mouth of the glass in lemon juice, dip the glass mouth in a plate of coloured sugar. | Source
Add ice to the cocktail shaker.
Add ice to the cocktail shaker. | Source
Carefully cut the lemon in half.
Carefully cut the lemon in half. | Source
Squeeze the lemon juice into the cocktail shaker.
Squeeze the lemon juice into the cocktail shaker. | Source
Add the vodka and the quick dissolving sugar to the cocktail shaker.
Add the vodka and the quick dissolving sugar to the cocktail shaker. | Source
Shake the mixture firmly until the cocktail shaker feels cool or cold.
Shake the mixture firmly until the cocktail shaker feels cool or cold. | Source
Pour the mixture into the martini glass.
Pour the mixture into the martini glass. | Source
Mint leaves make an attractive garnish for a summer martini.
Mint leaves make an attractive garnish for a summer martini. | Source

Making the Lemon Drop Martini

  1. In order to rim the martini glass: dip mouth of martini glass in lemon juice then dip the mouth of the glass in the large granule sugar. Coloured sugar gives a more festive affect.
  2. Add ice to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Cut six lemons in half.
  4. Squeeze the juice into a cocktail shaker.
  5. Mix the lemon juice, sugar and vodka in a cocktail shaker.
  6. Shake well until the shaker feels cold.
  7. Pour into two sugar-rimmed martini glasses and garnish each glass with three mint leaves.
  8. A thin slice of lemon on the glass also looks appealing.
  9. Enjoy on the deck or patio while enjoying a beautiful summer day or evening.
  10. To make the RASPBERRY LEMONADE MARTINI, follow the above directions but instead of vodka, substitute with the raspberry vodka. Garnish with a skewer of raspberries or strawberries perched on the edge of the glass.

Nutritional Content of a Summer Martini

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 martini
Calories 279
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Relax on the  patio with a summer martini.
Relax on the patio with a summer martini. | Source

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Enjoy These Martinis!

A warm summer evening with a cool burst of pucker moderated by a delicious sweetness is a great way to enjoy the season. These martinis are so easy to make and require minimal ingredients. A cocktail shaker may be the only purchase you need to make if you are not a die hard cocktail fan. Once you try these simple recipes your taste buds will be primed and you'll be ready to experiment with the other spirits you have tucked away in your liquor cabinet. Enjoy these two recipes, experiment first making them for yourself and family and then wow your friends at your next garden party!

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    • Teresa Coppens profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      As I had to make quite a few to test and tweak the recipes I can attest to their yummyness! Thanks for the feedback Jenn-Anne.

    • Jenn-Anne profile image

      Jenn-Anne 

      6 years ago

      Well written hub! The drinks sound delicious - will have to give them a try.

    • Teresa Coppens profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Come back and rate your martini creations howlermonkey. I'd love to hear how they turn out!

    • Teresa Coppens profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have been doing a lot of taste testing to put together this hub. Yum, yum! Glad you enjoyed the offering Angela.

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      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Well, now I know what I'm doing on Saturday :)

    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Now we are talking! Thank you! I am sharing this on twitter, FB, google and with followers.

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