Wet Bar Wednesday – Lemon Drop

A tasty, sweet & sour drink good for summer days is the lemon drop. As with any simple drink there are plenty of variations on this one, but I prefer a basic approach:

Lemon Drop

  • 1 part vodka (the better the quality, the better the taste)
  • 1 part limoncello
  • sugar
  • lemon slice for garnish


Limoncello is an Italian liquor, traditionally associated with Southern Italy.  It is essentially zested lemon rind steeped in alcohol and then mixed with simple syrup.  You should be able to find it at any reasonably-stocked liquor store or grocery store.  

Put a few ice cubes in a glass (a martini glass is nice if you have one) and set the glass aside.

Mix the vodka and limoncello in another glass or a shaker with some ice.  Shake well to mix and chill and then set aside.

Empty the martini glass of the ice you put in a moment ago (it was just used to chill the glass), wet the rim of the glass with a little limoncello, then rim the glass with sugar.  Basic table sugar is fine, but you can get fancier if you like with colored sugar.  A thin, even rim of sugar all the way around the glass is the goal.

This is a drink that is best cold and neat.  Neat means that you don’t serve it with ice in it, which is why you mixed the spirits and ice separately.  Now strain the chilled liquor into the sugar-rimmed glass.  A thin slice of lemon can be floated on top of the liquid (if it’s very thin), or you can bend a slice in half and skewer it with a toothpick and lay it in the drink.  Or, you can take a smaller, thicker slice of lemon, cut it in one place with a knife, and then slide it onto the rim of the glass.



One Response to “Wet Bar Wednesday – Lemon Drop”

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