Our expert advice on how to make a lemon drop cocktail

Our expert advice on how to make a lemon drop cocktail

Are you a fan of not-too-sweet, not-too-sour cocktails? Then the lemon drop cocktail is perfect for you. This classic cocktail has been around for decades and is still a favorite among many. This recipe will give you everything you need to know to make the perfect lemon drop.

How to make a lemon drop cocktail

The lemon drop is a simple and refreshing drink that's perfect for any occasion. Made with just a few ingredients, it's easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser. To make the ideal lemon drop, you'll need the following ingredients:

Lemon drop cocktail ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Sugar (for the rim)

Making the perfect lemon drop martini

To make a perfect lemon drop cocktail, start by rimming a chilled martini glass with sugar. Then, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka (to make the best lemon drop martini use absolut citron), lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake the mixture well for about 10-15 seconds until the shaker is cold to the touch. Strain the mixture into the rimmed martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

A photo of a lemon drop martini

Spice up your lemon drop martini with Grand Marnier

To spice up your lemon drop martini, try adding a splash of Grand Marnier. This orange-flavoured liqueur adds a subtle sweetness and a hint of citrus that complements the sour lemon and vodka flavors. By incorporating Grand Marnier, you'll create a more complex and nuanced drink that's sure to impress. Simply add a dash of Grand Marnier to the ingredients in your shaker before shaking and straining, and you'll have a deliciously sophisticated cocktail in no time.

Lemon drop shot versus lemon drop cocktail.

As bartenders, we often get asked, what’s a lemon drop shot? 

The lemon drop shot and the lemon drop cocktail are both popular drinks that are made with lemon juice, vodka, and simple syrup, but they differ in their preparation and presentation. A lemon drop shot is served in a shot glass and is meant to be quickly consumed, while a lemon drop cocktail is served in a martini glass and is meant to be sipped slowly. 

Both drinks are the perfect balance of sweet and sour, but the Cocktail is typically more sophisticated and is perfect for special occasions, while the shot is perfect for a night out.

Whether you're looking for a new drink or a classic cocktail to perfect, the lemon drop cocktail is a must-try. So go ahead, grab your shaker, and get ready to make the perfect lemon drop martini.

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