Lemon Drop Shots

This was voted “favorite cocktail” at our annual 2009 Hoegarden gathering. If you love lemon like I love lemon, these will be your new favorite. It’s a citrus explosion in a shot glass. Just be careful – these can pack a powerful punch!

Here’s how to mix up a batch:
3-4 small lemons (some for squeezin’, some for garnish)
One 12-oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate
2 ounces Bacardi Limon (or other lemon rum)
1 ounce Absolut Citron (or other lemon vodka)
1 1/2 ounces fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar, for the drink mix

2 tablespoons sugar, to rim shot glasses
Lemon slices for garnish
Martini shaker and ice cubes

In a small pitcher, mix the undiluted frozen lemonade concentrate, rum, vodka, the juice from 2 of your lemons (approx. 1.5 ounces) and 1 Tbsp. sugar. Stir until all sugar is disolved. Prep your remaining two lemons by slicing one into thin slices and the other in half. To prepare your shot glasses, grind the rims into one of the lemon halves. Then dip each shot glass into sugar. Put a thin slice of lemon on the edge of the glass for garnish. In your martini shaker (or a quart jar with a lid), add one cup of crushed ice and enough drink mixture to fill the shaker to 2/3 full. Seal the shaker and shake vigorously for 2-3 minutes, or until freezing cold. Pour into shot glasses, being careful to strain out the ice and not ruin your sugar rims. They’re best served immediately while they’re freezing cold. Bottoms up!

This recipe makes approximately one quart of lemon drop mix. Leftover mix can be stored in the freezer in a sealed container, or kept in the fridge until you’re ready for another round. You can also mix up your lemon drops in advance and store it in the freezer. Just allow the mix to thaw until it’s no longer slushy, but still very cold. You can also serve these in martini glasses as Lemon Drop Martinis. Don’t forget to rim your martini glasses with sugar, as well. Remember to drink responsibly and make sure your guests have a designated driver or a bed to sleep in. Cheers, ladies!



Filed under Food & Recipes, Hoegarden Weekends

9 responses to “Lemon Drop Shots

  1. Big Sis

    It’s sad that I have to get this recipe from your blog and not you personally, sad, so sad…

  2. Sister #3

    You can also serve these in quart jars to cut down on the number of refills you have to get! Mmmmmmm, lemon drop shots!!!

  3. The Baby

    I do love these and I’m with #3, after a few of these, it’s difficult to make it back to the fridge. Save yourself some time and bring the jug. Duh… that’s what straws are for! Don’t forget to post your other award winner, Texas MaragritHos. I like those salty jalapeno olives!

  4. Lemon Drops are my absolute favorite! Sweet meets simple with a punch. I’ve never had them with rum in there, but I will now!

    • I was inspired when a friend gave me a bottle of lemon Bicardi. What a great gift, huh? It blends perfectly in this recipe. If you try these, let me know what you think. And don’t forget the sugared rims on the glasses. It really makes it. Hope you enjoy them!

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  6. Peggy

    May I be an honorary sister in your family? You know how to roll!

    • Hahahaha….. Hi, Peggy!
      I’ll tell you the same thing I tell my friends – just show up at our next family gathering. There are so many of us now (25+), no one will notice another female hanging out. Everyone will just chat later and say “I thought she was with YOU!” And you’re right. We know hot to roll. :)

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