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Lemon Drop Shots

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Serve homemade Lemon Drop Shots to add a bit of excitement to your next get-together. They’re super tart with a bit of sweetness and a kick at the end from vodka. Lemon shots are easy to prepare, require minimal time, and require just a few simple ingredients.

A lemon drop shot in a sugar-rimmed glass.

This recipe is for adults ages 21+. Always drink responsibly and do not drink and drive.

πŸ“ Ingredients

To make these party shots, you need just a few ingredients.

  • 4 Ounces Vodka
  • 2 Ounces Lemon Juice (fresh lemon juice is best)
  • 2 Ounces Simple Syrup
Ingredients to make lemon drop shots.

πŸ‹ Optional Garnishes

  • Lemon Wedges, lemon slices, or lemon twist
  • Extra Lemon Juice
  • Loose White Granulated Sugar

πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ Directions

Dip the rim of shot glasses in lemon juice and then dip in sugar to create a sugar rim.

Pouring vodka into a cocktail shaker.

In a cocktail shaker or glass, combine the vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir or shake lightly to mix.

Straining a lemon drop drink into a shot glass.

Divide the mixture between 4 shot glasses and top with a lemon wedge, if desired.

πŸ“Œ Recipe Notes and Tips

  • To create the sweet rim, place sugar on a shallow plate, dip shot glasses in lemon juice, then dip in the sugar. To make a lemon sugar rim, just add lemon zest to the sugar before dipping.
  • To make a sweeter shot, increase the amount of simple syrup. To make a more tart shot, increase the amount of fresh lemon juice.
  • You can skip the simple syrup and simply place a sugar cube in each shot glass if you would like it sweeter or to change things up. If you do this, increase the lemon juice to 4 ounces in place of the simple syrup.
  • If your ingredients are already chilled, there’s no need to shake them with ice. However, if it needs to be ice cold, gently shake it with ice. (Shaking too hard will cause it to froth.)
  • For another version, you can also replace the simple syrup with 2 ounces of lemon-lime soda.
  • The size of shot glasses can vary from 1.25 ounces to 3.5 ounces. So, be aware of the size of your shot glasses and adjust the recipe as needed.
  • Dip lemon wedges in sugar for an extra sweet-tart flavor.
Lemon drop shot in a glass rimmed with sugar.

πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best vodka to use for lemon drop shots?

The best type of vodka to use depends on your preference, but a mid-range vodka works well. Some popular brands that work well with lemon drop shots are Smirnoff, Absolut, and Svedka.

How can I serve Lemon Drop Shots?

Lemon Drop Shots can be served in a variety of ways. For a simple presentation, simply pour the shots into shot glasses and garnish with lemon wedges or slices. You can also serve them over ice in a rocks glass or even in a martini glass with a sugar rim. It’s all up to you!

A lemon drop shot in a sugar-rimmed glass.

Lemon Drop Shots

These delicious lemon shots are the perfection combination of tart and sweet.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 4 shots
Calories: 107kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Ounces Vodka
  • 2 Ounces Lemon Juice fresh lemon juice is best
  • 2 Ounces Simple Syrup

Optional Garnishes

  • Lemon Wedges lemon slices, or lemon twist
  • Extra Lemon Juice
  • Loose White Granulated Sugar

Instructions

  • Dip the rim of shot glasses in lemon juice and then dip in sugar to create a sugar rim.
  • In a cocktail shaker or glass, combine the vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir or shake lightly to mix.
  • Divide the mixture between 4 shot glasses and top with a lemon wedge, if desired.

Notes

  • Nutrition information is an estimation and does not include sugar rim or any additional items.
  • To create the sweet rim, place sugar on a shallow plate, dip shot glasses in lemon juice, then dip in the sugar. To make a lemon sugar rim, just add lemon zest to the sugar before dipping.
  • To make a sweeter shot, increase the amount of simple syrup. To make a more tart shot, increase the amount of fresh lemon juice.
  • You can skip the simple syrup and simply place a sugar cube in each shot glass if you would like it sweeter or to change things up. If you do this, increase the lemon juice to 4 ounces in place of the simple syrup.
  • If your ingredients are already chilled, there’s no need to shake them with ice. However, if it needs to be ice cold, gently shake it with ice. (Shaking too hard will cause it to froth.)
  • For another version, you can also replace the simple syrup with 2 ounces of lemon-lime soda.
  • The size of shot glasses can vary from 1.25 ounces to 3.5 ounces. So, be aware of the size of your shot glasses and adjust the recipe as needed.
  • Dip lemon wedges in sugar for an extra sweet-tart flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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