Our cranberry lemon drop is tangy, sour, sweet and boozy. A fun variation to make and even more fun to drink because it gets an extra kick from our lemon flavored rim sugar.

The original lemon drop was invented in San Francisco in the 1970’s and has been popular on bar menus ever since. A simple mixture of vodka, lemon juice and orange liquor with a sugared rim to balance the tart flavors. Our cranberry lemon drop adds an extra layer of tartness plus fabulous color with the inclusion of cranberry juice. There’s no doubt this tasty drink goes down easy.

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Cranberry Lemon Drop

Cranberry Lemon Drop

  • Author: dellcove
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x



4 oz. Lemon or citrus vodka

2 oz. Triple sec or orange liqueur

2 oz. Freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 oz. Red cranberry juice or cranberry cocktail

1 oz. Simple syrup (plus more for moistening glass rims for cocktail sugar)

Dell Cove Spices Lemon Cocktail Rim Sugar


Add a spoonful of the lemon sugar to a shallow bowl. Brush the rims of four cocktail glasses with simple syrup and dip into the sugar. Set aside.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the citrus vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, cranberry juice and 1 oz. of simple syrup. Cover the shaker and shake vigorously until it is chilled. Strain into the prepared glasses and serve. Optional: Garnish with fresh blueberries or blackberries.

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