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Lemon Drop

The Lemon Drop was invented sometime in the 1970s by Norman Jay Hobday, the founder and proprietor of Henry Africa’s, a fern bar in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California that opened in 1969. It was originally served in a cocktail glass. The Lemon Drop was most likely named after lemon drop candy. After its invention, the drink swiftly spread to many San Francisco saloons. In the early 1990s, it was often prepared as a shooter or served in a shot glass.


2 oz vodka
1.5 oz triple sec
1 oz lemon juice
Garnish: lemon twist
Preparation: Shake ingredients over ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish, making sure to express the citrus oils.