Otherwise known as adult lemonade, lemon drop cocktails are a decadent adult beverage that is great to make ahead for a crowd. You can mix everything together and keep it in the fridge until ready to serve.
1cupssimple syrup made from 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar*See note
1cupfreshly squeezed lemon juice
1cupvodka regular or lemon-flavored both work well
⅓cuporange liqueursuch as Cointreau or Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
sugarfor lining the edges of the glass
lemon slicesfor garnish
In a pitcher, punchbowl, or drink dispenser, mix all the liquid ingredients together stirring well. Chill well before serving.
To serve, frost some martini glasses with a sugar rim (run a lemon slice along the rim and dip the rim in sugar) and serve over crushed ice. Add a slice of lemon for garnish.
* One cup of water and one cup of sugar will yield approximately 1 1/2 cups of simple syrup. To make the syrup, in a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. The syrup is ready when the solution changes from cloudy to clear and you will not be able to see any grains of sugar in the solution. I find it helps to constantly whisk or stir until the sugar is dissolved into the solution. Remove from the heat and coolThis simple syrup will keep in the fridge for up to a week, so feel free to make it ahead of time.