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Lemon drop shot recipe

One of the best and creative alcoholic shots for a cocktail party is the lemon drop shot. The lemon drop shot recipe is easy and the drink is fun to prepare.

An amazing lemon drop shot is a perfect mix of tart and sweet. Made from cold vodka and lemon that delivers a tangy-sweet flavor, the drink is one of the popular shots to consume. If you have ever made a tequila shot or lemon drop martini, you will realize they are similar to lemon drop shots. What makes the entire preparation fun is its process- from start to finish.

When making this recipe, a popular vodka choice to try out is clear vodka. But most times, I incorporate lemon or citrus vodka into the recipe. Not to worry, whichever vodka you decide to use will still leave you with a nice lemon drop shot taste.

Do you have an urgent party or event? This recipe allows you to make this preferred shot at home, whenever you want, to grace any occasion.

Lemon drop shot recipe

Unlike most shot recipes that require lots of ingredients and 10 minutes, the lemon drop shot requires just three ingredients which are one ounce of vodka (either clear or lemon vodka), 1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice, and the last… is 1/2 ounce of simple syrup.

To make it more fun and delicious, a glass rimmed with sugar and a lemon wedge for garnish is a perfect addition.

How to make:

It is very easy to make a lemon drop shot. The recipe for this favorite shot is just below. Keep reading to know how to make a lemon drop shot.


What are lemon drop shots made of?

  • 1 ounce of chilled vodka
  • 1/2 ounce of chilled/fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce of simple syrup
  • Granulated sugar (optional)
  • Lemon wedge (for garnish)

Steps to make it

  • Start by gathering all the ingredients
  • Coat the lemon wedge in sugar and keep it aside
  • In a shaker, add the chilled vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake properly till the sugar is dissolved and mixed well.
  • Using a strainer, strain the mixture into a shot glass
  • You can garnish with the already sugar-coated lemon wedge.

Tip: to rim a glass with sugar, first rub a lemon wedge all over the edge of the shot glass. Then dip the glass in granulated sugar.

Why is it called lemon drop?

You may be wondering why this fan-favorite shot is called lemon drops. Is just a drop of lemon added to the shot? Well, lemon drops originated in England. There, confectioners realized that the addition of any acidic drink like lemon juice to a boiled mixture of sugar stopped the sugar from crystallizing.

A lemon drop is a yellow-colored flavored candy that is coated in sugar and has the shape of a lemon. It has major characteristics similar to the lemon drop shot such as flavor, color, and some ingredients. A lemon drop is used to refer to an alcoholic drink made of lemon juice, vodka, and sugar.

How to make simple syrup?

Making a simple syrup is the same as boiling water. it is an amazing cocktail sweetener. To make a simple syrup, you will need 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of water. The most common ratio for preparing simple syrup is in equal parts- water to sugar.

The steps involve mixing sugar and water. Stir and keep stirring till the sugar is completely dissolved.

But if you are in a hurry (most times I am) or you do not have simple syrup at hand, a perfect replacement is a sugar or honey. All you have to do is add a teaspoon of sugar to the other ingredients. The cocktail shot will give a good shake in the cocktail shaker- pour the lemon drop into the shot glasses.


The lemon drop shot recipe is made up of three ingredients which are vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup.