The best Vodka shot cocktail

The Lemon Drop – Vodka Shot Cocktail Recipe by Heretic Spirits

Vodka shots can come with a lot of misconceptions, but with this reinvention of the Lemon Drop cocktail recipe, we’re here to change your mind. A lot of people can be intimidated by shots, and we can’t blame them. Most shots you would order at the bar are served at room temperature and are completely devoid of flavour and imagination. At Heretic Spirits, we find that unacceptable, and with the Lemon Drop, we show you how the shot can be done differently. Served ice cold with a sugary lemon finish, it’s surprisingly smooth and subtle without sacrificing strength.

How to Make the Best Vodka Shot Cocktail

(The Lemon Drop)

Vodka Shot Ingredients

  • 0.75 oz Heretic Vodka
  • Juice of 1 lemon wedge
  • 0.10 oz simple syrup
  • Sugar

Vodka Shot Prep Time

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

Vodka Shot Glassware

  • Shot glass
How to make vodka shot
Moisten the rim of a shot glass with a lemon wedge.
How to make vodka shot
Run sugar around the rim.
How to make vodka shot
Add vodka, syrup, and lemon juice to an empty cocktail shaker.
How to make vodka shot
Add ice and stir for 10 seconds (any longer and alcohol will become too diluted).
How to make vodka shot
Strain contents into glass. Serve and enjoy!

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Audio Recipe for a Vodka Shot Cocktail – The Lemon Drop

The History of the Vodka Shot

Why do we drink?

According to one of pop culture’s coolest vodka drinkers, Roger Sterling, “We drink because it’s good. Because it feels better than unbuttoning your collar. Because we deserve it…”

We want to honour Sterling‘s sentiments. We should drink because it’s good, because it is, in a way, a form of art that should be held in high regard. Drinking should be done responsibly and respectfully – as an appreciation for the spirit and its quality. We put a tremendous amount of time, patience, and appreciation into the production of our vodka and gin, and all we ask is that our patrons do the same when drinking them. When we create cocktails using our spirits, we do so with complete and utter love for the alcohol, and all the effort and care that the alcohol represents. We don’t see it simply as a way of getting a buzz but instead as a journey through the different layers of our craft. A craft that we are continuously striving to perfect.

With this in mind, we wanted to give our take on an increasingly common way of drinking in North America – the shooter, and developed the Heretic Spirits version of the Lemon Drop. It is a classic shot that has been popularized as vodka becomes the dominant liquor of the western world. We’ve taken the simple, traditional recipe and added one very noticeable differentiator – our vodka. By doing this, we give you the opportunity to truly enjoy the art of drinking, with a single ounce of unbelievably smooth vodka, fresh citrus, and just enough sugar to keep it all perfectly balanced.

Even though this class of cocktails is intended to be a single sip, we hope that you take the time to appreciate it. Mix up a round for your friends and family and make a toast. Treat the vodka with respect, and it’ll do the same for you.