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!

Strawberry lemon drop in glass with sugar on the rim

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.

close up of strawberry lemon drop cocktail with strawberry on the rim

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Overhead shot of strawberry lemon drop with lemon slice on strawberry on rim

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.   ๐Ÿ™‚

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If you make this recipe I’d love to hear from you!  Leave a comment and rating below, or tag me @flavorthemoments on Instagram!

Strawberry lemon drop in glass with strawberry on rim

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!

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For the Simple Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

For the cocktail

  • 1/2 cup vodka use 1/4 - 1/3 cup vodka if you prefer a cocktail that's not too strong
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup add more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons pureed fresh strawberries strained through a fine mesh strainer*; add more puree to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Cointreau sub with triple sec
  • 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, lemon juice, simple syrup, strawberry puree, Cointreau and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake for a few seconds until the liquid is cold. Pour the cocktail into the glasses and serve immediately. 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 nutrition information includes all of the simple syrup, though you won't need it all.
  • Cointreau is optional, but it adds a nice depth of flavor. Plus it's great in margaritas, too!


Serving: 1cocktail, Calories: 301kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 14mg, Potassium: 52mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 41g, Vitamin A: 3IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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