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A traditional lemon drop shot is a popular shot made with a few simple fresh ingredients: vodka, sugar, water and freshly squeezed lemon juice. For the perfect balance of tart and sweet, you can adjust the ratio of these ingredients to your taste. Not to be confused with a Lemon Drop Martini or a Lemon Drop Cocktail, this shot tastes similar to Lemon Drop candy with its lemon flavor and is served in a shot glass not a martini glass. To make this lemony goodness at home, follow our simple lemon shot / lemon drop recipe!

Watch this video on how to make a lemon drop shot!

What is a lemon drop shot?

A lemon drop shot is a simple drink that contains only three ingredients: vodka, sugar or simple syrup, and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. The drink is usually served in a shot glass. You can also garnish the drink with your favorite slice of citrus fruit to make it even more visually appealing!

How to make a lemon drop shot

Lemon Drop Shot Recipe


  • 1 oz. vodka (Grey Goose or Absolut Citron)
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 tsp. raw sugar or 1/2 tsp. simple syrup
  • Lemon slice / lemon wedge (for garnish)
  • Ice cubes
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Shot glass


  1. Pour vodka, lemon juice, and sugar or simple syrup into cocktail shaker full of ice.
  2. Mix well then pour liquid into shot glass.
  3. Serve with lemon wedge on side.
  4. Please drink responsibly.



  • You can create a sugared rim / sugar rim shot glass by rubbing lemon juice on the rim of the shot glass then dipping / rubbing into a plate of sugar.
  • You can also sugar the lemon wedge by dipping / rubbing into a plate of sugar before serving.

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August 19, 2021 — Konnichi wa