Lemon Drops are an easy, creative summer cocktail.

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Lemon Drop Recipe. An easy summer drink that is so great for parties and...well, anytime!! gluten-free, alcoholic drink, summer drink

This super simple lemon drop recipe should not have me as excited as it does, but I just can’t help myself!  This little drink is so easy to make, you all probably know it already. But, the special little tip I have is lemons. Really, you say with a little attitude…lemons? Well duh, lemon drops have lemons. But, let’s take it a step further than just lemons IN the drink and let’s put our drink IN the lemons. WHOA! It’s sooo stinking cute that I just can’t stand it! And, I swear they are the perfect size for lemon drop “shots”. I adore these little guys!

Here’s some great tips:

  • lemons and limes are great for serving “shots” in!
  • use egg holders or mini cupcake tins to set them in so they don’t tip
  • coconuts work great for pina colada’s
  • have you thought about cutting a watermelon in half and serving punch in it? yep!
  • this is gluten-free if you watch what kind of vodka you use..yes!

 Ingredients for Lemon Drop Recipe:

  • Lemons (I used 6 for 12 lemon drops)
  • Vodka (about 1/2 cup or so?)-for gluten-free diets be sure to get vodka not distilled from wheat!
  • Sugar (a tsp per lemon half…about)

Directions for Lemon Drop Recipe:

  1. Slice the lemons in half and squeeze the juice out of them into a container (tip, roll them on a table prior to cutting to make that juice flow!)
  2. Use a spoon (or I use my hands…faster!) to take out the insides of the lemon. Set aside.
  3. Mix the lemon juice you squeezed with equal part vodka. (So, 1/2 a cup of lemon juice would be 1/2 a cup of vodka. 1/4 cup juice, 1/4 cup vodka…etc.)
  4. Set your empty lemons inside of egg holders or mini muffin tins so they sit up nicely for you.
  5. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar inside each lemon (or more, depending on your tastes).
  6. Pour your lemon juice/vodka into each lemon (if this difficult to pour cleanly simply use a spoon to scoop it into the lemons)
  7. Set into the freezer until ready to serve.

 An easy lemon drop recipe. A perfect summer drink!

May you go forth and throw fantastic parties with little baby lemon drops that stop your guests in their tracks from their awesomeness!!! Throw in some homemade drink umbrellas and gosh darn…that is some serious stuff!

fruit and veggies are great, unique serving dishes! Use the insides for your recipe and the outsides for serving!

If you make these little guys, we want to know!! We are so excited for you all to try out this lemon drop recipe. They just make you smile to look at them!

  If you are like us and always on the hunt for great summer beverages why don’t you think about following our Beverages Pinterest board?

No, scratch that…don’t think. Do!

 You might also like:

Moscow Unicorn
Wine Spritzer
Skinny Margarita

Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Megan @ Our PInteresting Family

    July 30, 2014 at 7:33 am

    These look fantastic!

  2. Emily

    July 16, 2014 at 2:22 am

    I really like this idea, but i have some questions.
    Can i feel the taste of the sugar, even if it isn’t mixed with the juice and the vodka? And why do I have to set it in the freezer until the serving?

    • the Bellie

      July 17, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Sorry Emily, I really don’t understand what you’re asking in the first question. Could you clarify? And the reason you put them in the freezer is just to chill them and make them slushy. This is optional.

      • Emily

        July 21, 2014 at 9:12 am

        I’m sorry. My english knowledge isn’t the best. I try it again. So, should I stir the sugar and the vodka-lemon juice with each other, when they are in the lemon halves?

        • the Bellie

          July 21, 2014 at 10:53 am


          You could do that, but the best plan is probably to stir it all together in a pitcher or glass, and then pour that into the lemon halves. That way, you’ll make less of a mess.

  3. Kathy, Petticoat Junktion

    May 31, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    If I had some lemons I would make some right now. Always have the alcohol in stock, lol. Do you have a special tequila drink? I’m a big fan of Margaritas.

    • Nellie

      June 1, 2014 at 10:52 am

      We are too. At least Nellie is. We’ve been “trying” new recipes. Will have one soon!

  4. Jane's Adventures in Dinner

    May 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    This will finish off my school year just right C:

  5. Bliss

    May 29, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I am all over this one my friend.

    • Nellie

      May 30, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Yum!!! Lemon Drops make the world a better place :)

  6. Kristy

    May 28, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Just made these tonight! Yay!!! So yummy!

    • Nellie

      May 29, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Aren’t they! They make your mouth pucker in a fun and delightful way!

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