Lemon Drop Shot Recipe | 3 Ways to Make at Home

Lemon Drop Shots might be the first shots for many of us.

This classic drink is so easy to prepare and tastes so fresh. The tanginess of the lemon and the sweetness of the sugar mix so well.

And the best part is,

The recipe is so simple that you’ll prepare the drink in mere minutes. We can guarantee the whole preparation will take you less than 3 minutes.

So, if you’re looking for the recipe for this classic shot, you’re at the right place! All you have to do is make sure you have all the ingredients ready.

We will even share a few secrets that will take your Lemon Drop Shot to the next level!

So why wait? Let’s begin!


This recipe is probably the easiest recipe we have ever posted. All ingredients are readily available.

All you need is:

  • Regular shot glass
  • 0.75 oz. of Clear Vodka (Absoult® works great)
  • About 0.75 oz. Lemon Juice
  • Granulated sugar (normal sugar works fine)
  • Freshly cut lemon wedges
  • Shaker (optional)

You must remember that this drink MUST be taken fresh. Even if you wait for a few minutes, you’ll

miss the real fun.

So, make sure you keep all the ingredients ready before you start preparing it.


There are multiple ways on how you can prepare this drink. We’ll tell you the most popular ones here.

All the recipes use the same ingredients so you don’t have to worry.

Regular Lemon Drop Shot

Regular Lemon Drop Shot

First, pour some sugar on a plate. Place freshly cut lemon wedges on top of the sugar.

We recommend going with granulated sugar as it works best. If it’s not available, you can go with any type.

Then, add the clear Vodka with lemon juice in a shot glass. You can adjust the volume as per your preference. If you want it strong, you can add more Vodka and decrease the amount of lemon juice.

Finally, sprinkle some sugar over the drink as well. Your lemon drop shot is ready!

Don’t wait, drink it immediately! Once you chug it down, bite into the sugar-coated lemon wedge.

Lemon Drop Shot Prepared in a Shaker

Lemon Drop Shot Prepared in a Shaker

Some people prefer shaking their drink rather than just mixing or stirring the ingredients together.

If you’re one of those people, you can prepare the lemon drop shot with a shaker.

Simply pour the required amount of Vodka and lemon juice inside a shaker. Add some sugar and shake until they mix well. Serve fresh!

Lemon Drop Shot – Vodka Only

Take a regular shot glass and coat the rim with some lemon juice. Dap the rim into some sugar; coating the whole surface.

Then, pour chilled Vodka (clear or flavored) into the glass. Drink it in one go and bite into the sugar-coated lemon wedges.

Lemon Drop Shot – Tips for the perfect shot

  • Pop your Vodka bottle into the freezer or refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. Chilled Vodka elevates the recipes to the next level.
  • If possible, try finding those sweeter types (Meyer lemons are a great choice). They add a bit of flavor and freshness to the drink.
  • We’ve said it already but we’re saying it again; Drink it Fresh!
  • When you don’t have granulated sugar, you can grind regular sugar into a coarse powder.

Also, Try Other Related Recipes


The Lemon Drop shot is the perfect drink when you have little ingredients and want a simple drink.

It’s fresh, chilled, and tastes amazing. You can never go wrong with this classic lemon drop shot recipe. You can even be a bit experimental and tweak the ingredients here and there.