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How To Make Lemon Drop Shots? Best Guide for You

This article provides easy-to-make and tasty recipes.

1. What are Lemon Drop Shots?

Lemon drop beverages became a drink in the 1970s when Norman Jay Hobday served it as a cocktail glass in his bar Henry Africa’s.

‘Lemon drop’ comes from sweet and sour lemon drop candies. Once it was popular, it was served in a martini glass with sugar to balance the tart flavor.

Lemon drop beverages are vodka-based cocktails containing simple syrup, triple sec, and lemon juice. Combining these flavors creates a sweet and sour taste with a lemon punch. The drink can be served with ice, straight up in a martini glass, and strained.

1) Best Recipes

1.1) Recipe (Similar to The Candy)

If you are looking for a lemon drop shot recipe perfect for parties, this is the best recipe.

1.1.1) Ingredients

The preparation time would be 10 minutes, and the drink would serve one person.

1) Fluid ounce vodka (3/4)

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2) Fluid ounce lemon juice (3/4)

3) White sugar to taste (2 and a half tsp)

4) Lemon (1 – cut into wedges)

1.1.2) Directions

1) Take a shot glass and combine the vodka and lemon juice in it.

2) Sprinkle sugar (1/2 tsp) on top.

3) Place the remaining sugar on a small plate and dip the lemon wedges.

4) To end the shot, suck on a sugared lemon.

Fun Fact: Due to the use of fresh lemon juice, it is also a healthier form of drink with 1.4 g of protein.

1.2) Recipe (Perfect for Summers)

Chilled cubes added to the mix make it even better. If you are looking for your next favorite chilled drink, this is a good option to try.

1.2.1) Ingredients

1) Ice cubes

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2) Absolute citron (2/3 part)

3) Lemon juice (1/2 part)

4) Simple syrup (1/4 part)

5) Lemon wedge (1)

1.2.2) Instructions

1) Take a shaker filled with ice and add all the ingredients.

2) Shake and strain the mix into a shot glass (chilled)

3) For garnish, add a lemon wedge and sugar rim

1.3) Recipe (With Vodka and Other Variants)

Want a cocktail drink? Add a little bit of cold vodka and see the difference.

1.3.1) Ingredients

1) Chilled vodka (1 and a half ounces)

2) Lemon wedge

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3) Granulated sugar

1.3.2) Instructions

1) Gather all the ingredients

2) Take a shot glass and pour the vodka into it.

3) Take the lemon wedge, and coat it with sugar

4) Drink the vodka shot and follow it with a sugary lemon bite. Enjoy the mix of tastes.

Tips: Use chilled vodka to swallow the shot quickly. Before making the shot, freeze the vodka bottle at least two hours before, or shake the shot with ice and use a filter to put it in the glass.

1.3.3) Variations to The Recipe

Sugar Rim with A Lemon Drop Shot

1) Take a shot glass, rim its edge with lemon juice, then dip it into sugar. Shake the loose sugar off.

2) Fill this glass with chilled vodka.

3) Drink the shot, and then bite into a lemon slice

Tip: You can prepare these shot glasses in advance for a party, so all you have to do is pour vodka at the end and enjoy.

Sugar Cube with A Lemon Drop Shot

1) Take a shot glass and place a sugar cube in it.

2) Shake vodka (3/4 ounce), ice, and lemon juice, and strain it over the sugar cube.

3) Quickly drink the shot.

Tip: Instead of sugar cubes, you can use granulated sugar in your glass.

Sugary Lemon Wedge with A Lemon Drop Shot

1) Coat the lemon wedges with sugar, then place one each on every shot glass. Pour chilled vodka into it.

2) Once you drink the shot, quickly bite the sugary lemon wedge to balance out the taste.

Shaken Lemon Drop Shot

For a mixed lemon drop shot:

1) Shake vodka (1/2 ounce), lemon juice, and triple sec in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

2) Strain the mixture into a shot glass, and enjoy.

1.4) Recipe (No Alcohol)

Want a non-alcoholic variation of the lemon drop shot? This is a fun drink; do try it. 

1.4.1) Ingredients

1) Sprite/Soda (60 ml)

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2) Crushed sugar (1 tsp)

3) Lemon (2)

4) Salt (1/2 tsp)

1.4.2) Instructions

1) Take a shot glass, wet its rim with a lemon wedge, and dip it in salt, then coat the rim

2) mix sugar, lemon juice, and salt in a cocktail shaker. Shake well till they get dissolved.

3) Strain this mixture into a shot glass, then add seven.

Your delicious non-alcoholic drink is ready to serve.

1.5) Recipe (For a Large Gathering)

Are you looking for delicious alcoholic shot glasses to serve at a huge party? This is the best recipe for you.

1.5.1) Ingredients

1) Can Frozen Lemonade Concentrate (12 ounces)

2) Fluid Bacardi Limon rum (2 ounces)

3) Fluid Absolut Citron Vodka (1 ounce)

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4) Whole lemons (4 – divided)

5) Sugar (3 tbsp)

1.5.2) Instructions

This recipe will serve 12-shot glasses.

1) Take a small pitcher – mix the frozen lemonade concentrate, vodka, rum, fresh lemon juice, and sugar. Stir well.

2) Slice the remaining lemons and set them aside; cut the last one in half

3) Prepare your shot glasses by rubbing their rims with the cut lemon, and then dip them into the remaining sugar.

Put a thin lemon slice on the edge of the glass for garnish.

4) Take a cocktail shaker or a jar with a lid – add any chilled item and the drink mixture to fill the shaker by 2/3 of the amount. Close it and shake continuously for 3 minutes or if it seems cold.

5) Finally, pour it into shot glasses and strain the cool items (don’t ruin your sugar rims). Drink it cold.

Tips: Store the leftover mix in a sealed container and place it in the freezer, or keep it in the fridge if you go for more shots.

The lemon drops can also be mixed in advance and stored in the freezer. When ready to serve, allow the mix to thaw until it’s not slushy but cold.

Fun fact: These shots can also be served as lemon drop martini in martini glasses.

2) Other Recipes

2.1) Classic Lemon Drop Martini 

Are you looking for a good lemon drop cocktail? Then, this is the recipe for you. Add Vodka, Triple sec, simple syrup, and lemon drink to a cocktail shaker, and your drink is ready. 

2.2) Lemon Drop Pudding Shots

Want to add a dessert? This drink has lemon pudding, milk, whipped cream, candies, and vodka. Try this entire recipe out if it matches your tastes.

2.3) Lemon Drop Jell-O Shots Recipe

A suitable replacement for the lime drop martini is the Jell-O shots, made with lemon ingredients like lemon jell-O, lemon, and Limoncello, with vodka for the cocktail version.

2.4) Lemon Drops Vanilla Martini

This recipe tastes sweet and delicious with fabulous ingredients like Vanilla and classic lemon drop.

You need vodka, Dry Vermouth, Lemon juice, and Vanilla Extract. Mix them in a cocktail shaker, and your drink is ready to serve.

2.5) Strawberry Lemon Drop

Want a fruity taste to the classic lime drop martini? This strawberry martini recipe includes lemons, strawberries, simple syrup, and vodka. The triple sec as an added ingredient would also give a citrus feel.

2.6) Peach Lemon Drop Cocktail

This recipe will add a cool cocktail with tons of flavor, especially with simple syrup, lime juice, vodka, peach puree, grenadine, and peach puree.

2.7) Lemon Drop Martini

Try out this lime drop recipe with easy steps to make the martini, the lemon twist, and the sugar rim for a sweet and sour version of the vodka martini.

Check this recipe out, as it also contains differences between syrups used for the classic recipe and Cointreau (an orange perfume flavor) vs. Triple Sec based on one’s bittersweet preferences.

3) Other Shots Recipes

If you want to have shots without limes, here are some other recipes with different ingredients for you:

1) Green Tea shot – Contrary to the name, this shot doesn’t have green tea; it contains Irish whiskey, sour mix, and peach schnapps. When the drink is made, it resembles green tea, thus the name.

2) Halloween shots – This site contains recipes perfect for your next Halloween party that are funky, spooky, and a little weird.

3) Christmas shots – Gathering with friends for a small Christmas and New Year’s Eve party. These drinks, from sweet to whiskey-flavored ones, will surely match your taste. Do try some of these out.

4) Tequila shots – Some of the most famous kinds of shots are the tequila ones, and here are some recipes you can try out – from straight shots to fruity punches, they have covered it all. 

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