Make the Perfect Lemon Drop.

Sweet, sour, and perfect for slurping.
Sweet, sour, and perfect for slurping.

I’m not huge on flavored crap, especially when it comes to alcohol. However, I could probably go for a lemon drop martini (or a shot, your choice) just about any day.

As a former bartender, I feel confident in the way I make a perfect lemon drop—however, I won’t be offended if you change things up to fit your taste.

You’ll need:

  • 1.5 ounces of citrus vodka (I like Stoli)
  • Sugar, for the rim and to mix
  • 1/2 lemon

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice (about halfway full) pour in the vodka, sugar, and juice from your lemon. Shake, rattle, and roll! Set aside.

To rim your martini glass, use your remaining lemon piece to wet the rim, and dip the rim in the sugar. Pour the cocktail in the glass, and garnish with a lemon twist, or if you’re feeling fun, an actual Lemon Drop (candy).

If you’ve got simple syrup, Cointreau, or any sweet liquor (that’s not outside the citrus family), you can use that in the shaker instead of plain sugar.

To rim the glass, you can always invest in a perfectly circular container of lemon drop infused sugar!

If you want to make shots instead of a martini, you can use this same recipe, or simply chill the citrus vodka, and then serve the shot with a lemon wedge that’s been dipped in sugar.

It’s Monday, and I’m already thinking about drinking—go figure. Have a favorite drink recipe? Share it in the comments, or if you’ve got cocktail questions, I’m your go-to gal. Besides, I like taste-testing. Cheers!

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