ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The History of The Lemon Drop Martini

Updated on March 27, 2013

How Has The Lemon Drop Martini Changed?

The lemon drop martini, a drink inspired by the lemon drop candy, has been around since the 80's, or at least that's when it became most popular. The original recipe consisted of vodka, fresh lemon juice and sugar, nothing more. It was a simple, easy to make and refreshing cocktail. But unfortunately, over the years bartenders and mixologists have practically ruined this drink by turning it into a sugary, syrupy mess that no longer represents what it used to be in any way. They've replaced the fresh ingredients with pre-made mixes and have added things that just don't need to be there.

The vodka used in this drink is what used to make this drink so popular. During the 80's vodka was a very important spirit because it was being used in so many new cocktails. Now vodka comes in endless flavors and you can find lemon drop martini recipes that use lemon flavored vodka such as Absolut Citron instead of regular vodka. In my opinion, this is as far as I'm willing to modify the original recipe because anything more changes what it actually is and was meant to be.

Now a days, when you order a lemon drop martini it will consist of vodka, sour mix and triple sec. No fresh ingredients involved, except for maybe the garnish. That version may very well be a delicious drink, but it is certainly not a lemon drop. A true lemon drop martini is made with only fresh ingredients and a little hands on attention from a bartender.

How To Make A Lemon Twist Garnish

How To Make A Proper Lemon Drop Martini

In order to prepare this lemon drop martini recipe all you need is the items mentioned above, and a cocktail shaker. You can either put all of the ingredients together and shake them up with ice, or you can hold the sugar and use it to rim the glass instead. Personally I prefer putting it in the drink because I don't like it when my glass gets all sticky from condensation. But the choice is yours and presentation matters. Try not to shake the drink too roughly because it may harm the flavor of the vodka, 15 to 20 seconds should be good enough.

Speaking of presentation, it's also a good idea to garnish this classic drink with a lemon twist. A lemon twist is made of the peel, or rind, of a lemon and the oils from the peel add another layer of lemon flavor to the drink. If you don't know how to make a lemon twist, I've included a video here that shows a few different ways you can do it. I'm sure you're starting to see why fresh ingredients are so much better for a cocktail like this, but just in case you still aren't sure what the difference is, I'll explain even more.

What Variation Of The Lemon Drop Is Your Favorite?

See results

Why Are Fresh Ingredients So Important?

Sour mix is made out of sugar, citric acid, and probably a bunch of chemicals that I can't pronounce or spell. Not only will this substance make the drink syrupy, it will also make it even more cloudy than lemon juice does. And while Tripe Sec is indeed citrus flavored, it's not lemon flavored, and that's what makes it not necessary in a lemon drop martini. Like I said before, the flavor is meant to represent the lemon drop candy, and if you've ever tried one of those then you know the taste is distinctly lemon and nothing else.

If you want a refreshing sweet and sour drink that's easy to make and hardly costs a thing, then use the lemon drop martini recipe that I gave you. You and your guests will thank you and the drinks will turn out ten times better than if you used pre-fabbed ingredients. Trust me. I always suggest that you follow the same general rule no matter what drink you're preparing because it just makes things taste better.

Try out some variations of the lemon drop by experimenting with ingredients, you can make a blueberry or raspberry lemon drop pretty easily by changing a few things around. This goes against my rule of not changing the classic recipes but it's still fun to try new things.

I hope you've learned a thing or two here, now go and make yourself an awesome drink!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Anon 

      21 months ago

      It's also NOT a martini...it's a cocktail. A martini is gin and vermouth; sometimes vodka is used...but technically that's a kangaroo cocktail.

    • profile image

      3 years ago

      This was made way before the 80s...

    • theweaksend profile imageAUTHOR

      theweaksend 

      5 years ago

      Thank you! Just trying to do my part in getting people to stop using processed garbage. =)

    • beingwell profile image

      beingwell 

      5 years ago from Bangkok

      Nice hub! Thanks for setting the record straight about lemon drop martinis! :) Voted up and sharing.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)