Lemon Drop Cocktail

Lemon Drop CocktailMargaritas rule the summer, but as the weather turns cooler, I want something a little different.  Finding a mixed drink at a restaurant can be a bit of a challenge for me. Often times the specialty cocktails are too sweet; I don’t care for sour mix or sweet juices. Some of the classic cocktails, like a Martini or Old Fashioned are a bit on the strong side. This Lemon Drop Cocktail takes the edge off of a classic Martini by adding some lemon juice and sugar, but doesn’t add a lot of the extra sweetener found in manufactured fruit juices. The key is using fresh juices, and experimenting with the amount of sugar added to please your palate.


OXO Measuring JiggerSide note, I am completely obsessed with this little OXO Measuring Jigger. It has measurements in tablespoons and ounces printed on the inside to help get the perfect pour. Most jiggers have the 2 oz. line right at the tippy top, so it’s hard to measure and pour into a shaker, especially if you are making your second (or third) cocktail. It’s also an awesome little measuring cup for anything you need a small portion.

1 tsp. sugar
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. orange liqueur (I used Cointreau)
Juice of a lemon

In a cocktail shaker, add sugar, vodka, orange liqueur and lemon juice. Before adding ice, stir with spoon to melt sugar. Once melted, add ice and shake to blend. Strain into a martini glass, or how I like it, onto a large ice cube.