Tablescapes, Candied Lemon Martinis

Life didn’t give me lemons, it gave me lemon martini towels!


These little black and white cuties reminded me that I had some black and white martini glasses


They were desperate to be part of a tablescape…


So, I whipped up some Candied Lemon Martinis

candied lemons

[I’ll show you how to make these candied slices in a minute]


The low calorie Lemon Sorbet vodka sits on a mountain of crushed ice and is topped with candied lemon slices~ a vodka popsicle if you will… feel free to add a little lemonade if you like~ to see a recipe for  Lemonade [no calorie]  click here


The towels came in a set of 2, one black and one ticking stripe


I just folded the edge under and used them sideways as place mats

lemon martinis

I mixed and matched plates and cups


The centerpiece is just a quart jar of flowers surrounded by lemons and moss in a large black and white bowl


The evening was dark and stormy

summer centerpiece

we might need some umbrellas~


but things were bright and cheery inside


The icy martinis tasted wonderful on a hot muggy night


But there was a chance of showers…


Here’s the dealio on the candied lemons:

Slice lemon into thin rounds and put in a pan of boiling water for 1 minute.  Immediately submerge in a icewater bath.  Dissolve sugar in water in a large skillet.  Add lemons in a single layer and simmer on low about 45 minutes until the sugar starts to brown.  Remove to a sheet of parchment paper and let sit for several hours.

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Candied Lemon and Candied Lemon Martinis

Prep Time 5 minutes
Candied Lemons 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Beverage, condiment
Cuisine American


  • martini glasses



Candied Lemons

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ice bath

Candied Lemon Martini

  • 2 oz. Lemon flavored Vodka [I used Smirnoff Sorbet Light Lemon reduced calorie]
  • crushed ice
  • lemonade to taste
  • 2-3 candied lemon slices


Candied Lemons

  • Slice lemon into thin rounds.
  • Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and add lemon slices. Let sit 1 minute. Transfer slices to ice bath.
  • Dissolve sugar in water in a large skillet over medium heat. When sugar has dissolved add lemon slices in a single layer. Turn heat to low and simmer lemon slices about 45 minutes until the sugar begins to brown.
  • Remove lemon slices to a sheet of parchment or wax paper. Let slices set up for several hours. Use lemons to garnish drinks or desserts. Increase quantities if desired.

Candied Lemon Martini

  • Put ice into a martini glass and pour vodka and lemonade over ice. Float candied lemon slices on top~
Keyword candied lemons, lemon

candied lemons


candied lemon martini table

I can’t wait to use these to garnish a dessert, they are so pretty!  Oh, and they taste divine too!


martini towels/Christmas Tree Shoppe

napkins/World Market spring

all other pieces I’ve had for a while~


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29 Responses to “Tablescapes, Candied Lemon Martinis”
  1. I love a black and white setting and yours is gorgeous, Jenna! Thanks so much for the candied lemon how to. I think I will give them a try and the martini.

  2. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    The black and yellow look great together! Sounds like a fun drink too:@)

  3. Marigene says:

    Such a striking table, Jenna!

  4. rattlebridge farm says:

    Oh, my what a gorgeous tablescape!
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  5. Love your tablescape and your centerpiece is fabulous! Thanks for sharing how to make candied lemon.

  6. Mary says:

    My favorite kind of Popsicle, vodka! Your martinis sounds so refreshing Jenna and I love the addition of the candied lemons! Such a fun table too, I love black and white, it’s so energizing and perfect anytime of year. I always enjoying your creativity at a work, turning your towels into placemats is genius 🙂

  7. ishouldbemoppingthefloor says:

    Beautiful! The drink sounds delish!

  8. Kim says:

    I love the black and white theme! The pop of yellow is perfect for a little jazz. Your centerpiece is amazing – and, wow, what a beautiful bowl! 🙂

  9. laurie says:

    Jenna, your black and white table is perfect! I love those Martini glasses, and that giant bowl is gorgeous. Very clever use of the towels, and your centerpiece is a simple idea, but it makes such a statement. Thank you for the recipe for the candied lemons. I’ll be trying these soon. laurie

  10. Your tablescapes are always so much fun. I love the large black bowl with the bold white flowers holding lemons and yellow roses. Hopefully you enjoyed a martini, when this table was complete, because you sure put your heart into this.

  11. tammy says:

    Your table is absolutely beautiful…and great idea using the lemons…

  12. Christine says:

    Oh I am loving this tablescape….the black and white theme is wonderful! I have some of those smaller square plates and am totally in love with them too! I used your picture for my rustic and refined Facebook page to advertise the link party…..hope you don’t mind! (I scheduled it to post at 9:35 am today)

  13. Those are the cutest little umbrellas! I’ve never seen them in patterns like that! I like fancy little touches like that, and I think guests get a real kick out of them, too.

    You made the very best of a dark and stormy night! Lemon yellow will wake up a dreary, cloud-impaired room in a heartbeat!

    The martini sounds like just what the doctor ordered (or forbade, in my case!) for a hot summer day! 🙂

    • Thanks Alycia, I don’t know where I got those umbrellas, I’ve had them for a while, they came in a pack with other more Halloween color ones~sometimes you just grab something, knowing you will use it someday some way!

  14. hollybertone says:

    Hi Jenna – This tablescape is my mantra…. when life hands you lemons… make a martini! and a tablescape! Love it! Hugs, Holly

  15. susie says:

    I love the color contrast of black and yellow there is something about these two colors together that just shout WOW this is a dynamic table.Susie

  16. Rosie says:

    What a fun post!! I love your table and its components. Everything looks great together! And the recipe looks yummy!! Thanks! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  17. Bev says:

    So creative and fun! Love the whimsical martini glasses….great table.

  18. Sandra Garth says:

    This is so pretty and I love the theme. Who knew there was a Light Vodka on the market? I’m looking forward to trying the candied lemons also. Beautiful job Jenna!

  19. lizabeth57 says:

    This was done su cutely- love the black and white theme with the lemons. I’m a big on things made with lemons so this recipe sounds like a winner!

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