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Behold….the Ginger-Lemon Drop


This fun little number packs quite a punch. The ginger is spicy and the vodka is…well…vodka. In my version, I used vanilla vodka, as that’s all I had on hand, but citron (or any other variety) would probably work just fine too. Before you can have a drink, you need to first make a ginger-lemon simple syrup but that can be done in under a half an hour. Ah, you’ll be on your way to drinking in no time!

This is based on a recipe I saw on Food Network but I changed it into more of a ginger lemon drop (rather than just a ginger martini), so it’s different. Ha!

Ginger Syrup:
1 lemon, peel removed with a vegetable peeler into strips
2 cups coarsely chopped fresh ginger (peel too)
1 cup sugar
2 cups water


Add the ginger chunks and lemon into a food processor and process until finely chopped.


Transfer the mixture to a pan and add sugar and water. Mix and simmer for about 15 minutes.


Strain the mixture and cool. It can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. So, now that you have your ginger-lemon syrup…here’s what you do with it.

Ginger Lemon Drop
3 ounces vodka, (vanilla, citron, unflavored or ?)
1 ounce ginger syrup, recipe follows
Juice of 1 lemon
Twist of lemon

Fill a shaker or pitcher with ice. Add the vodka, ginger syrup, and lemon juice. Cover and shake vigorously, or stir, until combined and chilled. Strain into a martini glass. Add twist and serve. Ahhhh.

And remember, ginger is good for the digestion!


8 comments to Behold….the Ginger-Lemon Drop

  • I see this is the first time you’ve published an alcohol-tagged recipe that’s just for a cocktail, not a dish. Here’s to many more! :-)

  • mlb


    Yes! More alcohol posts! I agree! Actually, this is my second drink post — Bees Knees way back in August…before I even had made a “alcohol” tag!

    Now, that one is tagged appropriately! Thanks for reminding me about that, Misuba!

  • Wow!

    I’d love one of those right now! You should submit this for this month’s Sugar High Friday. The theme is ginger!

  • mlb


    Hey! That’s right…although, I just found a recipe for honey, gineger and pineapple crepes which I think I am going to try for SHF.

    I know, crepes with a side of ginger lemon drop :)

  • christy

    I’m in! and to think I just made my first batch of bees knees this season and now all i want is a ginger lemon drop.

  • rummaging for ginger

  • the only addition was coating the rim with sugar and lemon zest.
    everyone was quite impressed.
    unfortunately, we drank too many of these and i have this pavlovian aversion towards ginger at the moment. hopefully it will pass
    but they were delicious!

  • I love this recipe-I think a 2 shots of vodka to 1 shot of the ginger lemon simple syrup agrees with my taste buds better. What is the yield on the provided “recipe” for the simple syrup concoction?