Lemon Drop Shots


A lemon drop shot is a yummy alcoholic vodka-based shot that's perfect for parties. It tastes just like the classic lemon drop candy!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
1 serving

Bottoms up! This lemon drop shot recipe is sweet, tart, and wildly easy to make at home. 

How to Make a Lemon Drop Shot

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

What’s In a Lemon Drop Shot? 

It’s incredibly easy to make bar-worthy lemon drop shots at home. Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Vodka: You can use whatever vodka variety you have on hand. 
  • Lemon: You’ll need fresh lemon juice and lemon wedges. 
  • Sugar: White sugar perfectly balances the tart lemon flavor. 

How to Make Lemon Drop Shots

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make lemon drop shots: 

  1. Combine the vodka and juice in a shot glass. 
  2. Sprinkle the shot with sugar. 
  3. Dip the lemon wedges in sugar, then use the wedges as a chaser. 

How to Serve Lemon Drop Shots

Serve each lemon drop shot with a sugared lemon wedge. If you want to go the extra mile, rim each shot glass with sugar. 

Can You Make Lemon Drop Shots for a Crowd? 

Each lemon drop shot calls for equal parts vodka and lemon juice, so you can easily adjust the recipe for larger groups. Combine the ingredients in an airtight container, store the mixture in the fridge, and 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“It really does taste like the candy,” according to Allrecipes Allstar lutzflcat. “The sugar-coated lemon wedge really tames the tart lemon juice.”

“Used simple syrup instead of sugar, but definitely great,” says Luv2Cook!.

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • ¾ fluid ounce vodka (such as Absolut®)

  • ¾ fluid ounce lemon juice

  • 2 ½ teaspoons white sugar, divided, or more to taste

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


  1. Combine vodka and lemon juice in a shot glass. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon sugar on top.

  2. Place remaining 2 teaspoons sugar on a small plate; dip lemon wedges in sugar. Suck on a sugared lemon after drinking the shot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

116 Calories
0g Fat
24g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 116
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 94mg 469%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 185mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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