When I hear the words ‘lemon drop,’ an overly sweet, artificial tasting cocktail comes to mind. However, if you make cocktails at home like I do, you can completely control the ingredients and put together your own variation of the classic beverage. Recently I did just that and crafted a lemon drop with three simple ingredients: vodka, fresh-squeezed Meyer lemon juice, and simple syrup. The key is to use the best quality lemon juice around. I picked the lemons from my grandfather’s tree and the resulting cocktail was phenomenal. It was smooth, easy to drink, and wonderfully refreshing. It’s Friday, so why not make one today for happy hour? Cheers!
2 ounces good vodka (I used Tito’s)
1 ounce fresh-squeezed Meyer lemon juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup
Lemon wedge, for garnish
- Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake hard for 30 seconds to combine the ingredients.
- Strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass. Garnish with the lemon wedge and enjoy immediately.
Makes 1 drink.
Note: You can also add an herbaceous undertone to this cocktail. Simply throw a sprig of mint, basil, or thyme into the shaker along with the other ingredients.