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Lemon Drop Shot

5 from 11 votes

Posted: 05/21/22

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Looking for a shot that is tart, sweet, and packs a punch? The search ends with this Lemon Drop Shot recipe! Potent yet delicious, my lips pucker just thinking about the tantalizing tartness!

glasses of lemon drop shot with sugared rim and lemon wedge

Similar to a Lemon Drop Martini but served in shot form, it’s packed with boozy, lemony goodness! This recipe lets you make these fan-favorite shots at home whenever your heart desires.

Lemon Drop Shot Recipe

Fortunately, these shots only require three ingredients and a minute to make. You will need one ounce good quality vodka, 1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce simple syrup. Some sugar for rimming the glass and extra lemon slices for garnish are a nice touch.

man pouring lemon drop shot from a shaker into a shot glass with sugared rim and lemon wedges

How to Make a Lemon Drop Shot

  • To a shaker filled with ice, add the ingredients listed above
  • Shake until icy cold
  • Strain into a shot glass rimmed with sugar
  • Garnish with a lemon slice and enjoy!

How to Rim a Glass With Sugar

These are so fun for a party, but you will want to make them look great. Here is how you rim the shot glasses with sugar.

  1. Rub a lemon wedge around the edges of your shot glasses.
  2. Dip it in a shallow plate with sugar.
shot glasses of lemon drop shot recipe with sugared rim and lemon wedge

Lemon Drop Shots For a Crowd

Doing shots alone is no fun! Make this for a group! The following will be enough for 8 shots. Obviously if there are only 6 of you, you will need to make two people do two. Obviously.

  • 1 cup chilled vodka
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup (or 4 teaspoons sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Combine everything in a cocktail shaker and pour into 1 1/2 ounce shot glasses.

man pouring lemon drop shot from a shaker into shot glasses with sugared rim and lemon wedge

Make it Easier

If you don’t have simple syrup on hand and don’t feel like making it, replace the simple syrup with sugar. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar to the other ingredients, giving the cocktail a good shake in a cocktail shaker before pouring into the shot glasses.

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shot glasses of lemon drop shots with sugared rim and lemon wedge
glasses of lemon drop shot with sugared rim and lemon wedge
5 from 11 votes

Lemon Drop Shot

Serves: 1 shot
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 3 minutes
Total: 3 minutes
Potent yet delicious, this lemon drop shot is packed with tantalizing tartness and boozy, lemony goodness!


  • 1 ounce chilled vodka
  • 1/2 tablespoon simple syrup or 1/2 an ounce
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or 1/2 an ounce


  • Rim a shot glass with sugar.
  • Pour the vodka, simple syrup and lemon juice into a shaker with ice.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Strain into shot glass.
  • Garnish with lemon and enjoy.
Author: Nathan Longley
Course: Drinks
glasses of lemon drop shot with sugared rim and lemon wedge

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Nathan Longley has been his wife’s personal bar tender for as long as he can remember. While he most often enjoys a cold beer, he is known to love our vodka gimlet.

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