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Classic Lemon Drop Cocktail + Shot

  • Author: Christina
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes (mostly inactive)
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail; 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Whether sipped from a martini glass, straight up as a shot or spritzed up with a little club soda, the lemon drop is the quintessential cocktail.  Easy for the home mixologist and perfect for when wine or beer just won't do!


Ingredients

Scale

For Lemon Drop Cocktail + Spritzer

  • 2 ounces/double shot citrus vodka
  • ½ ounce/1 tablespoon orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1 ounce/shot fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce/shot lemon simple syrup (recipe below)
  • For Spritzer: splash of club soda or brut sparkling water

For Lemon Drop Shot

  • ⅔ ounce/shot lemon/citrus vodka
  • ½ ounce/1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce/ scant teaspoon simple syrup

For Lemon Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • peel of one lemon, white pith removed

For Garnish

  • lemon or granulated sugar, for rimming glasses
  • thin strips of lemon peel, white pith removed

Instructions

For Lemon Simple Syrup

  1. In a small pot, combine lemon peel, sugar and water and bring just to a boil.
  2. Turn of heat and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Remove lemon peel, store chilled

For Lemon Sugar

  1. Super simple! Combine about a half cup of sugar in a small baggie or container with several strips of lemon peel.
  2. Shake vigorously to allow the peel's oils to release. Store the sugar with the peel for a more intense flavor over time.

For Cocktails

  1. Pour enough granulated or lemon sugar onto a small plate to rim glasses. Run a lemon wedge around the rim of the glasses, then dip into the sugar. 
  2. Using two high ball glasses or a cocktail shaker, combine all drink ingredients and a good helping of ice.
  3. Seal and shake until the glasses or shaker frost over.
  4. Pour into martini or shot glass. For a spritzer, top with a couple splashes of club soda or even brut sparkling wine.

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