Blackberry Lemon Drop Martinis have arrived! This berry delicious twist on a cocktail classic uses vodka, lemon juice and homemade blackberry syrup for a tart and tangy refreshment!
If you love this, try our Blackberry Bee's Knees next!
You can make a round of ice cold blackberry martinis with just a handful of simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Vodka - You can use any of your favorite brands or substitute gin for a unique touch of herbal flavor.
- Lemon Juice - Freshly-squeezed, please!
- Blackberry Syrup - Made simply from sugar, water and fresh blackberries. More on that below.
Homemade Blackberry Syrup
Homemade blackberry simple syrup is an easy recipe that you can use to lend a juicy berry flavor to endless beverages. Try it in our non-alcoholic Blackberry Shirley Temples, too!
1. To make blackberry syrup from scratch, start by mashing blackberries in the bottom of a small sauce pot.
2. Then, add sugar and water and stir to dissolve. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow the syrup to simmer for about 5 minutes.
3. After simmering, strain the syrup through a cheesecloth lined fine mesh strainer. Voila!
The syrup is ready to be used immediately or can be stored in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.
For more details, recipes and ideas, check out our full Blackberry Syrup recipe post.
How To Make Blackberry Lemon Drops
This is a super simple shaken cocktail recipe. We use a cocktail shaker, but you could also use a mason jar with a lid.
- Combine all of the cocktail ingredients in your shaker or jar. Fill with ice, and shake vigorously for 30 seconds or until icy cold.
- Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass. We like to double-strain this cocktail using both a Hawthorne and a fine-mesh tea strainer. The Hawthorne strainer holds back all of the ice and the mesh strainer removes any bits of pulp and tiny shards of ice.
- Finish this cocktail by expressing a lemon twist over the glass. Squeezing a bit of lemon zest over the glass releases the oils and tons of fresh citrus flavors and scents. After expressing the lemon, you can manicure the peel to give the garnish a pretty appearance with a sharp paring knife.
Bartender's Manual: A Sugared Rim - Classically, a lemon drop martini is garnished with a sweet, sugared rim.
Personally, we prefer tart cocktails and decided to omit the extra sugar for this recipe. However, if you would like, feel free to garnish this drink with the traditional sugar rim. Simply wet the edges of the glass with a touch of lemon juice and dip into a shallow dish of granulated sugar before shaking this drink.
More Fruity Cocktail Recipes
We love making one of a kind cocktails with a variety of homemade syrups, spirits and liqueurs. Check out some of our other favorite fruity drinks here, or browse through our entire cocktail collection!
Blackberry Lemon Drop Martini
- 1 Fine-Mesh Strainer
- 1 Cheesecloth
- 1 Hawthorne Cocktail Strainer
- 1 Fine-Mesh Cocktail/Tea Strainer
Blackberry Lemon Drop Martini (1 Cocktail)
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce lemon juice freshly-squeezed
- 1 ounce Blackberry Syrup
- Ice as needed for shaking
- 1 Lemon Twist or blackberry optional garnish
- 8 ounces blackberries
- 1 Cup granulated sugar
- 1 Cup water
Blackberry Lemon Drop Martini (1 Cocktail)
- Combine vodka, blackberry syrup, lemon juice and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds until ice cold.
- Strain through a Hawthorne and fine mesh tea strainer into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or blackberry, as desired. Serve immediately. Cheers!
Blackberry Syrup (15+ Cocktails)
- Gather, measure and prepare the Blackberry Syrup ingredients as listed. In a small saucepan, mash the blackberries using a muddler or fork. Add sugar and water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Set syrup aside and allow to cool to room-temperature. Strain the syrup through a cheesecloth lined fine-mesh strainer. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
* A Note About Salt
Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on The Sage Apron are developed using Diamond Crystal Kosher salt. It is a great all-purpose salt for cooking and baking. If using table salt, reduce quantities by about half.