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Lemon Drop

A Shallow focus of a lemon drop cocktail with ice cubes and lemon on a wooden background

The Lemon Drop is a fantastic choice for anyone who loves a mix of sweet and sour. This cocktail shines with its bright, citrusy flavors, making it a hit at any gathering. As a bartender who’s mixed a lot of drinks, I can tell you the Lemon Drop stands out for its refreshing taste. It’s like a burst of sunshine in a glass, perfect for lifting your spirits and adding a zesty twist to your day.

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Tasting Notes

The Lemon Drop cocktail is a delightful blend of tart and sweet. With each sip, you’ll enjoy the sharp, refreshing taste of lemon, balanced beautifully with the sweetness of sugar. It’s smooth and invigorating, leaving a clean, crisp taste on your palate. This drink is sure to please anyone who appreciates a little tang in their beverage.

Equipment and Glassware

To make a Lemon Drop, you’ll need a shaker, a strainer, and a measuring jigger. For glassware, a chilled martini glass is traditional. It’s not just about making the drink; it’s about creating an experience. The right glass makes each sip feel special.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz. vodka
  • ¾ oz Cointreau or triple sec
  • ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • Sugar for rimming
  • Lemon wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. Rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar by running a lemon wedge around the rim and dipping it in sugar
  2. Combine the vodka, triple sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  3. Shake vigorously until the shaker is frosted over.
  4. Strain the cocktail into the sugar-rimmed glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
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Pro Tips

For the best taste, always use fresh lemon juice. It makes a big difference in flavor. Also, when rimming the glass with sugar, make sure it’s even for that perfect first sip. Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less simple syrup to suit your taste.

When to Serve

The Lemon Drop is perfect for summer parties, happy hours, or any time you want a refreshing drink. It’s great for celebrations or when you just want to treat yourself to something special.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For a Lemon Drop, a smooth, quality vodka is key. Brands like Absolut, Ketel One, or Grey Goose work wonderfully. They have the right balance and smoothness to complement the sharpness of the lemon.

Similar Cocktails

  • Cosmopolitan: A classy, cranberry twist on the citrus cocktail.
  • Margarita: a tequila-based favorite with a lime focus.
  • Sour Apple Martini: A tart, fruity option for green apple lovers.
  • French Martini: – A raspberry-flavored, vodka-based delight.
  • Kamikaze: A simple yet bold mix of vodka, lime, and triple sec.

History

The Lemon Drop originated in the 1970s in San Francisco. A bartender created it in an effort to incorporate the flavor of lemon candy into an adult beverage. Since then, it’s become a beloved choice for its unique taste and elegant presentation.

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A Shallow focus of a lemon drop cocktail with ice cubes and lemon on a wooden background

Lemon Drop

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cointreau, Lemon Drop, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Vodka
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Enjoy the ideal balance of tart and sweet with a Lemon Drop drink, a cool concoction of vodka, lemon juice, and a touch of sugar.

Instructions

  • Rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar by running a lemon wedge around the rim and dipping it in sugar
  • Combine the vodka, triple sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously until the shaker is frosted over.
  • Strain the cocktail into the sugar-rimmed glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge.
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Lemon Drop
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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