Close-up of Lemon Drop Martinis, as seen on The Pioneer Woman, Season 34.
Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Ree's Lemon Drop Martini

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 cocktail
This is a shaken, not stirred, cocktail. But don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker. A simple mason jar — or any jar with a lid — is a good substitute, and can still make a thoroughly delicious drink.



  1. Mix the zest of the lemon and the sugar together on a small plate, rubbing it between your fingers to release the oils from the peel. Set aside.
  2. Fill a mason jar halfway with ice. Add the vodka, triple sec, lemon juice and simple syrup. Put the lid on and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Rub a lemon half on the edge of a martini glass to wet the glass. Dip the rim in the plate of lemon sugar. Pour the martini into the glass. Garnish by floating the lemon slice on top.
  3. Optional: Sprinkle some of the remaining sugar onto one side of the lemon slice. Using a kitchen torch, brulé the lemon, then float it in the glass bruléed-side up before serving.