This recipe appears in:Cocktail Overhaul: Lemon Drop
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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- 2 ounces citrus vodka
- 3/4 ounces fresh juice from 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
- Garnish: Lemon twist
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.