Upgraded Lemon Drop

Upgraded Lemon Drop
  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time:5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes
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Cocktail Overhaul: Lemon Drop

[Photograph: JL Studios]

The Lemon Drop was one of the most popular cocktails in the US in the later part of the 20th century. It should follow a simple formula of spirit, lemon, and sweetener, but sadly, in many bars the drink disintegrated into a candied mess. It's time to give the Lemon Drop the glory it deserves.

Use a high-quality citrus vodka such as Stolichnaya, or try infusing your own citrus vodka for a homemade touch.

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Ingredients

  • 2 ounces citrus vodka
  • 3/4 ounces fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • Garnish: Lemon twist

Directions

  1. 1.

    Combine the vodka, lemon juice, and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

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