Original Lemon Drop Recipe

Invented in the 1970s in San Francisco by Norman Jay Hobday, this drink is essentially a fancy Vodka Sour. It replaces the simple syrup with orange liqueur and has a fun catchy name too. I leave the word martini off this intentionally because there is nothing martini about this. This is a sour through and through and has more in common with the Sidecar than a Dry Martini. Bars just like putting this drink in a Martini glass for some reason, thus the confusion.

Lemon Drop Cocktail
Lemon Drop Cocktail

Lemon Drop ingredients:

  • 60 mls (1.5 oz) Vodka
  • 30 mls (1.5 oz) Orange Liqueur
  • 20 mls (1 oz) Lemon Juice

Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker. Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted. Strain into glass to remove ice shards.

ABV = 32%

Originated from San Francisco CA, USA


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