To make a lemon drop martini mix 1.5 ounces quality vodka, 0.5 ounces orange liqueur, one teaspoon of superfine sugar, 0.75 ounces fresh-squeezed lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake. Strain the mixture, pour into a sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish it with twisted lemon peels+.
This recipe is intended to make one drink, and the preparation time is about 10 minutes. To create the sugar-rimmed glass, take the drinking surface of the glass, and rub it with a lemon wedge so that it becomes just a little bit moist. Then, dip the glass upside-down into superfine sugar.
For best results, use a good quality vodka, such as Grey Goose or Tito's, and orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec or Grand Marnier. The recipe calls for shaking the drink 40 times to make sure the sugar is well-blended. The sugar can be also be replaced by basic simple syrup.
The lemon drop martini is a cocktail that is the perfect mix of sweet and sour. This sweet and lemony drink became extremely popular in California in the 1970's, and it still remains a popular drink of choice on the West Coast. It was originally developed in a bar called Henry Africa's in San Francisco.