How to Make a Raspberry Lemon Drop


Tart and tangy with a berry kick, a raspberry lemon drop makes a refreshing nightcap on a warm summer evening. The cocktail requires only raspberry-flavored vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup, but adding a splash of Chambord at the end creates a lovely reddish hue at the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a few frozen raspberries to add even more visual appeal and keep your drink cool without watering down the flavor.

Start to Finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

Difficulty Level: Beginner


  • 2 ounces raspberry-flavored vodka
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • Splash of Chambord
  • Ice
  • Frozen raspberries, for garnish (optional)

Step 1

Combine the raspberry-flavored vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice.

Step 2

Shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds, until well chilled.

Step 3

Strain into a martini glass.

Step 4

Add a splash of Chambord and 3 to 4 frozen raspberries, as garnish.

Simple Syrup

Combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water in a pan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently, until the sugar completely dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool before use. Store refrigerated in a covered storage container for up to 2 to 3 weeks.


  • Float a thin slice of lemon on the surface of your cocktail for an elegant presentation in lieu of frozen raspberries.

Sweet Substitutions

If you don’t have fresh lemons on hand, use bottled lemon juice instead.

Substitute Chambord with grenadine, raspberry juice or creme de cassis.

Use raspberry-flavored rum instead of vodka to create a raspberry lemon drop with a tropical twist.

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