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Lemon and Vodka Martinis

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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3/4 cup sugar, preferably superfine

1/2 cup strained fresh lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)

1/2 cup chilled vodka

Ice cubes

1 cup chilled sweet sparkling white wine, such as Asti Spumante

Lemon slices, optional


  1. Place 4 large martini glasses in the freezer. Combine the sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl; whisk until the sugar dissolves. (The lemon syrup can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.)
  2. Combine 1/4 cup lemon syrup and the vodka in a martini shaker. Add ice cubes. Cover and shake 8 to 10 times, then strain the mixture equally into 4 very cold martini glasses (about 3 tablespoons each). Add 1/4 cup chilled sparkling wine to each glass. Garnish each martini with a lemon slice if desired, and serve very cold.