Upgraded Lemon Drop Recipe

High-quality ingredients in perfect balance give the Lemon Drop the glory it's long deserved.

lemon drop
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.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 2 ounces citrus vodka
  • 3/4 ounces fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • Lemon twist, for garnish


  1. Combine 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.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer

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