Lemon Drop Shot

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Pucker up! You only need a few ingredients to make a Lemon Drop Shot. This recipe packs a punch in both tartness and sweetness.  It’s sure to be a hit at your next party. 

lemon drop shot in glass.
lemon drop shot in glass.

The BEST Lemon Drop Shot Recipe:

We’re back at my home bar today shaking up another shot recipe. Over the years I’ve shared a few shot recipes on Inspired by Charm and today I’m adding another to the list with this Lemon Drop Shot. 

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lemon drop shots in glass.

Let me give you a little background with some FAQs. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Before we get into the recipe, here are some questions often asked about a Lemon Drop Shot.

What are lemon drop shots made of?

You only need three things to make a lemon drop shot.

1. Vodka – It’s your choice here. My preference is Grey Goose, but you can use whatever you enjoy. A citron vodka would work really nice here as well. 

2. Lemons (juice and wedges)  – Always, always, always use freshly squeezed lemons; it makes all the difference in flavor. You’ll also need some small lemon slices for garnishing.

3. Sugar (granulated and simple syrup) – The granulated sugar adds sweetness to your lemon garnish and the simple syrup adds sweetness to the shot. 

lemon drop shots in glass.

Why is it called a lemon drop?

My guess is that the name comes from the classic lemon drop candy. Because both the shot and the candy are sweet and tart, they share similar qualities and flavor notes. 

Why are Lemon Drop Shots so strong?

Well, they don’t have to be. In fact, I feel my recipe is a really nice balance. With that being said, if you like things sweeter, add more simple syrup. If you want more tartness, use more lemon juice. You should never have to drink something you don’t like. Find the right balance that works for you. 

With those questions out of the way, I think we’re ready to shake some up. Let’s do this! 

lemon drop shots in glass.

How to Make a Lemon Drop Shot:

Let me walk you through the recipe here. For your convenience, I’ve provided a detailed ingredients list and instructions in the printable recipe card below. 

  1. Begin by preparing your garnish. Dip both sides of a quartered lemon slice into sugar. Set aside. 
  2. To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. 
  3. Shake vigorously. 
  4. Strain into a shot glass. 
pouring lemon drop shot into glass.
  1. Garnish with sugared lemon.

To enjoy, drink the shot first, then suck on the lemon slice. 

hand holding lemon drop shot.

Cheers!

It’s that easy, my friends. 

You’ve been successfully schooled on the lemon drop shot and are fully prepared to mix some up the next time the occasion arises. 

You can find the shot glasses that I used HERE.

lemon drop shot in glass.

I think this is a really easy, fun, and approachable shot that most people will tend to like (if not love). Don’t believe me? Give it a try at your next party and let me know how it goes. 

I sincerely hope you enjoy it! 

lemon drop shots in glasses.

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lemon drop shot in glass.

Lemon Drop Shot

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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon, lemon drop, shooter, shot
Servings: 1
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Pucker up! You only need a few ingredients to make a Lemon Drop Shot. This recipe packs a punch in both tartness and sweetness. It’s sure to be a hit at your next party.

Ingredients

Garnish:
  • quartered lemon slice
  • sugar

Instructions

  • Begin by preparing your garnish. Dip both sides of a quartered lemon slice into sugar. Set aside.
  • To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously.
  • Strain into a shot glass. Garnish with sugared lemon.
  • To enjoy, drink the shot first, then suck on the lemon slice.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 107kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.03gSaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 0.04gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
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  • Paula at

    really tasty! me and my friends had so much fun with this. thanks for the idea, I hadn’t heard of them before.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yay! Love hearing that! Thanks Paula! Cheers!

      xo Michael

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