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Lemon Drop Shot (Only 3 Ingredients!)

Lemon Drop Shot (Only 3 Ingredients!)

If you’re into sweet and tart candy, you’re going to love this Lemon Drop Shot. It’s the best shot recipe for any occasion. This lemon drop shot recipe requires only 3 ingredients: vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. It’s the sister drink recipe to the Lemon Drop Martini.

A few squeezes here and a few shakes there, and you’ll have a tantalizing lemon drop shot.

If you like shot recipes, you’ll love our Pink Starburst Shooter, Mexican Candy ShotWhite Tea Shot, or Green Tea Shot.

Recipe For Lemon Drop Shots

This lemon drop drink is ready to throw back in under 5 minutes. Shot recipes with minimal ingredients are our favorite! We’re not into complicated drinks for obvious reasons.

Small spoon in a bowl of sugar.

What Is In A Lemon Drop Shot

Wondering what’s in lemon drop shots? Just a few ingredients: vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. Here are some tips when shopping:

  • Vodka – Make sure to use a vodka brand you enjoy. Any brand will work, but if you go bottom shelf, you’ll taste it. Our favorite mid-level vodka brands are SKYY and Smirnoff.
  • Lemon Juice – Fresh lemon juice is hands down superior to the jarred junk. 

How To Make A Lemon Drop

Only a few quick steps stand between you and a shot glass full of lemony goodness! Here’s how to make lemon drop shots:

  • Place 1-2 tbsp. of sugar on a small plate. Make it uber fancy by mixing in some lemon zest.
  • Place 1-2 tbsp of simple syrup on a second small plate. Dip the top of the shot glass into the simple syrup followed by the sugar to coat. Set aside.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice followed by the vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake well for 15-20 seconds.
  • Pour the mixture into a shot glass and shoot away!

Glass measuring cup with fresh citrus juice.

Substitute For Simple Syrup

We prefer making homemade simple syrup vs using the pre-made stuff. If you’d like to make your own, just follow this quick simple syrup recipe:

Homemade Simple Syrup Recipe

  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water

Add both to a small saucepan over high heat. Heat until the sugar is melted. Remove from the heat and let cool before proceeding.

Garnish Ideas

Cute garnishes make everything better. Here’s what we use to garnish a lemon drop shot.

  • Lemon Wedges
  • Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Lemon Sugar Rim

Upside down shot glass in sugar.

Variations

It’s always fun to mix things up! Here are a few ideas:

Citron Vodka – Use citron or citrus vodka in place of regular vodka for an extra citrus kick.

Real Sugar – Use granulated sugar in place of simple syrup. Just use 2 tsp of sugar per batch.

Lemon Simple Syrup – If making your own simple syrup, squeeze some lemon juice to the mix to make a lemon simple syrup.

Drink Tips

  • This Lemon Drop Shot recipe can easy turn into a lemon drink to serve on a larger scale. No edits to the proportions are needed. Just throw them all into a pitcher and shake over ice when ready to party!
  • Don’t have simple syrup? Use honey or agave. If pressed for another option, use fresh lemon. Just rub a slice on the top edges to coat before dipping in the sugar

No Cocktail Shaker?

If you don’t have a cocktail shaker,  just add everything into a large cup with ice and stir until mixed. Immediately pour the lemon drop shot into shot glasses as you don’t want the ice watering down the lemon drink.

shot glasses full of lemon drop shot.

When To Serve

Lemon shots are perfect for any occasions.

  • Bachelorette Party
  • Birthday Party
  • Sunday Brunch
  • Girls Weekend
  • Graduation Party
Three lemon drop shots on a wood board.
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5 from 1 vote

Lemon Drop Shot

If you're into sweet and tart candy, you're going to love this Lemon Drop Shot. It's the best shot recipe for any occasion. This lemon drop shot recipe requires only 3 ingredients: vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Drink Recipe, Shot Recipe
Servings: 4 shots
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $4

Ingredients

SUGAR RIM

  • 3 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Simple Syrup
  • OPTIONAL: Lemon Zest

USING NON-FLAVORED VODKA

  • 4 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 4-5 oz Simple Syrup (*Note 1)
  • ¼ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • OPTIONAL GARNISH: Lemon Wedges

Instructions

  • OPTIONAL RIM: Place 1-2 tbsp of sugar on a small plate. Mix in some lemon zest, if desired. Place 1-2 tbsp of simple syrup on a second small plate. Dip the top of the shot glass into the simple syrup followed by the sugar to coat. Set aside.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice followed by the vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake well for 15-20 seconds.
  • Pour the mixture into a shot glass and shoot away!

Notes

Note 1 - If you don't have simple syrup you can make your own or use 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar to the mix. Make sure to ensure the sugar dissolves before serving.
Nutritional calculations are just estimates and are not exact.

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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