Strawberry Lemon Drop
Strawberry Lemon Drop is a refreshing cocktail with fresh pureed strawberries, lemon juice, and vodka. Dip the rim of your glass in sugar and your drink is complete!
When I was younger, there were several cocktails that I really liked. Margaritas were always #1, followed closely by cosmopolitans and lemon drops.
A local restaurant/bar that I used to frequent in my younger years had the best lemon drop cocktail ever.
It had the perfect amount of lemon juice and sweetness, yet it was still on the strong side. It was just the way I liked it, and it was made perfectly every single time.
This Strawberry Lemon Drop is my spin on that cocktail. It’s refreshing, fruity, and perfect.
I’m not really a cocktail drinker anymore because quite honestly, they’re very expensive and you just don’t know how they’re going to be from one place to the other.
I can’t fathom paying $10-15 for a cocktail that I probably won’t like, so I was inspired to try making my own strawberry lemon drop.
Plus I got to have fun playing bartender for a little while, and I’ve secretly always wanted to be one. 😉
How to make a Strawberry Lemon Drop
This cocktail couldn’t be easier. Simply puree the strawberries in a blender, then strain them through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds and squeeze some fresh lemon juice.
I don’t have fancy shakers or martini glasses, but I ended up with a drink that I’d be happy with even if I had to pay $10 for it.
The refreshing mix of fresh strawberries with lemon juice, some vodka and a splash of Cointreau, or triple sec, if you’d rather, is the perfect spring/summer drink.
And don’t forget that sugared rim — it’s not a true lemon drop if you do. 🙂
Who wouldn’t be happy with this pretty pinkish red drink in front of them with the sparkly, sugared rim and sunny lemon slice? It’s just too cheery to pass up.
If you’re disenchanted with the subpar cocktails you shell out the big bucks for, take matters into your own hands, too!
Just a few simple ingredients lead you to one fresh, delicious cocktail that’ll be a guaranteed hit at just about any celebration. 🙂
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Classic margarita recipe by Delish
For the Simple Syrup:
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
For the cocktail
- 1/2 cup vodka
- 1/4 cup simple syrup
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons pureed fresh strawberries, strained through a fine mesh strainer*
- 1/2 teaspoon Cointreau or triple sec (I used Cointreu)
- granulated sugar for the rim of the glasses
Prepare the simple syrup:
- Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat over low heat until the sugar melts. Heat over medium low until heated through, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.
Prepare the cocktails:
- Place some granulated sugar on a small plate. Wet the rim of the glasses with water and dip them in the sugar. Set aside.
- Place the vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice, strawberry puree, and Cointreau or triple sec in a small pitcher or large measuring cup and whisk to combine. Add ice and stir. Alternately, you can use a cocktail shaker.
- Pour the cocktail into the glasses, serve, and enjoy!
- I pureed 1 cup of strawberries in a blender, which yielded just under 1/2 cup or so of puree. Just refrigerate the leftovers or make more than 2 cocktails!
- Leftover simple syrup may be stored in an air tight container in the fridge.
- The cocktail is still a bit on the strong side with the simple syrup, but with the sugared rim, it's just perfect.
- Cointreau is optional, but it adds a nice depth of flavor. Plus it's great in margaritas, too!