I recently started a new batch of Lupo limoncello. I ended up with a lot of lemons, so I decided to make a Lemon Drop. Do those two words trigger a visceral reaction of disgust? If so, you probably had a version of this cocktail that was so sickeningly sweet your teeth fell out or you got diabetes. It doesn't have to be like that. It can be a simple balance of tart and sweet just like this:
2.25 ounces vodka (I prefer Zyr)
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
.75 ounces super simple syrup
Combine in a shaker with ice, shake like you're having a flashback to a bad cocktail experience (or the resulting hangover), then strain into a chilled martini glass. Sugar rim on glass and/or lemon garnish optional.
Like someone who does a lot of yoga, this cocktail is very flexible. Want it more tart? Don't rim the glass with sugar, or add more lemon juice. Want it more sweet? Add more super simple syrup (but not too much unless you really want to go to the dentist or endocrinologist). Want it stronger with different citrus? Add .75 ounces of Cointreau. Want it stronger with the same citrus? Add .75 ounces of Lupo limoncello.
Now go get the drop on your sobriety.