The Lemon Drop Shot, a timeless and vibrant addition to any party, is a classic concoction has charmed taste buds for years with its bright lemony zest, the perfect balance of sweetness, and the kick of vodka. This shot is a testament to simplicity, proving that a few basic ingredients can create a drink that is both refreshing and irresistibly tangy.
The Lemon Drop Shot is not just a drink; it’s an experience. It’s the laughter of friends, the clinking of glasses, and the shared joy of a memorable moment. Its simplicity makes it versatile – perfect for a lively party, a casual get-together, or a relaxing evening at home. Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to make, allowing you to focus on enjoying the company of your guests.
The Lemon Drop Shot is a popular cocktail that is believed to have originated in the 1970s in California. The drink was created by Norman Jay Hobday, a bartender at Henry Africa’s in San Francisco. According to one story, Hobday combined vodka, lemon juice, and sugar to create a shot that mimicked the taste of a lemon drop candy. This shot was later named the Lemon Drop Shot.
Grey Goose vodka is a popular choice for making Lemon Drop Shots and Martinis because of its smooth taste and high quality. The brand’s Citron vodka is a particularly good choice for making Lemon Drop cocktails because of its lemon flavor.
How to Make It
- 1 ¼ oz citron vodka
- ½ oz fresh lemon juice
- Granulated sugar rim (optional)
- Lemon wedge garnish
- Rim the shot glass with sugar by rubbing a lemon wedge around the rim and then dipping it into sugar.
- In a cocktail shaker, add ice, citrus vodka, and fresh lemon juice.
- Shake the cocktail shaker for about 15 seconds to mix all the ingredients.
- Strain the mixture into the rimmed shot glass.
- Garnish the shot with a sugared lemon wedge.
To make it sweeter, you can add simple syrup or adjust the amount of sugar added to the cocktail shaker. For a stronger flavor, you can use gin instead of citrus vodka.
If you’re looking to mix things up with your Lemon Drop Shot, there are plenty of variations to try. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Lemon Drop Martini
For a more sophisticated take on the classic shot, try a Lemon Drop Martini. Simply shake together citrus vodka, triple sec, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup, and strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a sugared lemon wedge for an extra touch of sweetness.
Grey Goose Lemon Drop
Upgrade your Lemon Drop Shot by using high-quality Grey Goose vodka. Mix with fresh lemon juice and simple syrup, and serve in a sugar-rimmed shot glass for a sweet and tart treat.
Green Tea Shot
If you’re looking for a less sweet option, try a Green Tea Shot. Mix equal parts Jameson Irish Whiskey and peach schnapps, and add a splash of sour mix and green tea. Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass for a refreshing twist.
For a fun party treat, try making Lemon Drop Jello Shots. Simply mix lemon jello with boiling water, then add vodka and cold water. Pour into shot glasses and chill until set.
Grapefruit Lemon Drop
For a citrusy twist, try swapping out the lemon juice for grapefruit juice in your Lemon Drop Shot. Mix with vodka and simple syrup, and serve in a sugar-rimmed shot glass for a sweet and tangy treat.