Cocktail Spotlight For V-Day - Lemon Drops & Cable Car

Since we are approaching the romantic season of Valentine's, why not celebrate with some classic cocktails for "her" and "him". Both cocktails featured in this post are appropriate all-year long, but hold a special significance for this day and weekend because they are celebratory in nature and yummy. But first, let's talk a little history of these cocktails, then we will get to the recipes. They are easy to make at home, relatively inexpensive, and just require some shopping and prep work in the kitchen.

The first cocktail is the Lemon Drop, which traditionally has been served a martini, but has become popular a shooter in the past few decades. Just requires a little recipe tweak! I will be serving a batch of these Lemon Drops this weekend for a V-day event. Many versions exist out there, but I present a tried and true recipe for you. The second cocktail is the Cable Car, which I took the liberty to modify for my Raise Your Spirits parties and events as well as for myself to give it a new look and presentation and add another dimension. This RYS special signature cocktail has been a huge hit and will be featured at the Lavish Lounge Bar & Restaurant in Auburn, NY this weekend. Will reveal the recipe for this cocktail later this week, but in the meantine, it is posted on Instagram and Facebook. I've been working with bars and restaurants as well as within my own company since 2002, so I assure you that you will love these.


About The Lemon Drop Cocktail

The Lemon Drop first squeezed to life in San Francisco sometime during the 1970s. Its inventor, Norman Jay Hobday, an out-of-work Vietnam vet turned saloon owner, is also credited with opening the country’s first fern bar, a concept that mixed house plants and Tiffany lamps with throngs of upwardly mobile urbanites.

Both were an instant hit. And for two-plus decades, the Lemon Drop dominated cocktail menus from North Beach to Bangkok, hooking a generation of bargoers on its boozy-tart-sweet melange of vodka, citrus and sugar. Oprah famously served one to Rachel Ray on her show.

Some mislabel the Lemon Drop a Martini, but the drink’s closest cocktail kin is the "Crusta", a New Orleans invention that dates back to the 1850s and, like the Lemon Drop, is distinguished by its sugared rim. It’s tempting, while whipping up a batch of Lemon Drops, to skip this important step. Don’t. That first saccharine brush against the lips before the onrush of orange, lime and booze fill your mouth is the Lemon Drop’s calling card. If you don’t believe it, just ask Oprah.


2 oz Call or Premium Vodka, such as Belvedere, Ketel One, or Grey Goose or Citrus Vodka, such as Three Olives Citrus or Ketel One Citroen (for more lemony flavor)

1/2 oz Triple Sec

1 oz Simple Syrup

1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Garnish rim of glass with sugar by wetting the rim with a lemon

Serve in a cocktail coupe, martini glass, or shooter glass


Prep - Coat the rim of a cocktail glass with sugar and set aside (do this a few minutes ahead of time so the sugar can dry and adhere well to the glass). Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into the prepared glass. Can be prepared as a batch for a party (same recipe - just multiply or shooter by decreasing the halfing the ingredients.




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