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Candied Martini Lemon Cocktail

If you are like me and enjoy the flavor of lemon, you will flip over this Candied Martini Lemon Cocktail. This recipe brings back the Lemonhead theater candy which is still readily available.

candied martini lemon cocktail 2 shows the martini glasses filled with the cocktail surrounded by lemonhead candy


While creating this unique cocktail recipe, I knew I wanted to come up with something a little different. I recalled the Lemonhead candy that I enjoyed as a child in the local theater. To my surprise, I found that it is still readily available in the grocery stores. I knew I had to incorporate it into this easy recipe.

This is the BEST lemon cocktail, and here is why:

  • By using real lemons, you get a freshness and brightness that cannot be beat.
  • The Dekuyper Triple Sec is not as strong of an alcohol as the vodka, toning down the alcohol content. (Don’t worry–it’s still plenty strong enough)
  • The Lemonhead candy gives this cocktail another lemony taste dimension.

To make this easy cocktail recipe, you will need:

  • Vodka – top shelf (good quality) is best
  • Triple Sec – an orange-flavored liqueur
  • Lemons – fresh is highly recommended
  • Lemonhead candy – found in the grocery and big-chain stores
  • Equipment recommended:
  1. martini glasses
  2. cocktail shaker
  3. lemon squeezer


candied martini lemon cocktail 3 shows the ingredients used including vodka, triple sec, lemons and lemonheads

How to easily make this cocktail recipe:

To Make the Simple Syrup: Place 1/2 box of lemonheads in a small saucepan along with 1 cup water. Melt the lemonheads in the water over medium heat, stirring often. Once they have melted, place the saucepan in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to cool.

Place 1/4 box of lemonheads in a quart-size sealed zipper bag. Place this in another bag. Using a hammer or other heavy tool, smack the bag several times on concrete to finely crush the candy. The double bag prevents the candy from breaking through the bag. Empty in a bowl big enough to fit the rim of the glasses.

To your cocktail shaker, add the vodka, triple sec, juice from the lemon and the simple syrup. Fill completely full with ice and shake.

Run the rim of each glass with the inside of the already squeezed lemon to moisten. Dip the glass rim into the crushed candy.

Pour the cocktail into the prepared glasses equally. Garnish with lemon slices and enjoy!


candied martini lemon cocktail 4 shows how to boil the lemonheads to melt

A good lemon squeezer is a handy tool!

candied martini lemon cocktail 5 shows my lemon squeezer that I use


  • lemons – In a pinch, you could use the bottled lemon juice. Use 2-3 tablespoons.
  • top-shelf alcohol – A cheaper alcohol will work, but will not be quite as smooth.
  • Lemonheads – For the rim of the glasses, you could just use regular sugar. For the simple syrup, use 1 cup water and 3/4 cup sugar. Melt over medium heat.

The three most important things about this recipe:

  1. The candy can be a little sticky to work with which makes it excellent for rimming your glasses, but do not refrigerate the simple syrup made with them for too long or the candy will actually start to set up again.
  2. This cocktail is best served really cold. The colder, the better. You could even chill the alcohol before preparing.
  3. This is a sweet-tart alcoholic drink which can creep up on you very quickly. Drink responsibly.

When should I serve this lemon cocktail?

Since this cocktail has a good amount of sweetness, this drink would be excellent as a dessert cocktail. However, you can serve it anytime of the day. Not only would it be refreshing on a warm summer day, it would be good all year long. Also, this is an excellent way to use lemons you have on hand. I buy mine by the bag.

candied martini lemon cocktail 6 shows the final completed yelow cocktail with the sugary rim around the martini glass

If you like this recipe, please like and share it–Thanks!

5 from 3 votes
candied martini lemon cocktail 1 shows 2 yellow cocktails with lemon wedges floating on top
Candied Martini Lemon Cocktail
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
13 mins

A delicious sweet-tart easy cocktail recipe to serve for dessert or anytime.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boozy, easy recipe
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 278 kcal
Author: Renea
  • 5 ounce Lemonhead candy
  • 2-3 fresh lemons
  • 2 shots vodka (or 3 ounces)
  • 2 shots Triple Sec (or 3 ounces)
  1. To make the simple syrup, add 1/2 box of Lemonheads to a small saucepan. Add 1 cup of water and heat over medium heat, stirring often, until the candy is melted. Place in the refrigerator to cool for 10-15 minutes.

  2. Cut 2 large slices of lemon out of the center of the lemons. Save for the garnish. Squeeze the remainder of the lemons into the cocktail shaker that has been filled with ice. Add the vodka, Triple Sec and cooled simple syrup.

  3. Place 1/4 box of Lemonheads into a quart-size zippered bag. Place this bag in another bag and seal. Using a hammer or other heavy tool, crush the candy on concrete or other hard surface to achieve fine crumbs. Place the crumbs in a bowl large enough to accommodate the rim of the glasses.

  4. Using the squeezed lemon halves, run one around the rim of the glasses. Dip the rim of the glasses in the crushed candy. Shake the cocktail well, adding more ice if needed and divide between the two glasses. Garnish with the sliced lemon.

If you made this recipe, please let me know what you thought in the comments, and give it a star rating.– xoxo Renea

After you try my Candied Martini Lemon Cocktail, you will understand why I call it a BEST. For another great cocktail recipe, try my Pineapple Margarita with Raspberry Sauce. Want to know more about top shelf liquor, has a post titled Top Shelf Liquor (What to know before you order that drink) that could be useful.

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Sunday 9th of August 2020

Dangerously delicious.


Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Thanks so much!

Anntoinette Lyons Smoots

Monday 3rd of August 2020

I've had a lemon drop cocktail years ago that I served for my best friend's bridal shower. The biggest difference was the simple syrup made from the lemon heads. That was an interesting twist and when I served it at my birthday party my friends loved it.


Tuesday 11th of August 2020

So happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for the nice comment!


Friday 10th of January 2020

Loved this martini cocktail--just the right amount of sweet and tart.

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