This lemon mocktail is a tart and refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail that’s the perfect drink for summertime. Made with classic ingredients like simple syrup and club soda for an easy peasy lemon squeezy recipe!
A lemon drop mocktail has a great balance of sweet and sour that everyone will enjoy. It tastes best served in a chill tall glass garnished with a lemon wedge and thyme.
Mocktails are so fun because you get to enjoy the taste of alcoholic drinks but steer clear of the after effects. Another thing I love about making mocktails is that kids get to enjoy them just like the adults.
Similar to our virgin mojito recipe, strawberry mojito mocktail, plain strawberry mocktail and Starbucks pink drink recipe, they use fresh fruit. We use our strawberry simple syrup in that recipe and it is soooo good so feel free to add a splash of it in this recipe as well.
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Mocktails aren’t only served during summer months. I love making my candy cane Christmas mocktail as well as my thanksgiving mocktail with pomegranate during the holiday season. Seasonal recipes are always a hit at family gatherings.
What does lemon drop drink taste like?
A lemon drop mocktail is tart and sweet similar to the classic candy. It’s made with non-alcoholic gin for the authentic taste as well as fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. If you’re a lemon fan then you’re going to love this recipe.
What’s in a lemon mocktail?
This easy recipe only has a couple of simple ingredients that you might already have in your home. See the recipe card for the full list of ingredients.
For the classic lemon drop taste I like to include non-alcoholic gin. Mocktail recipes that include non-alocholic gin, vodka, and wine always turn out amazing.
I like using traditional simple syrup for this recipe but if you have lemon flavored simple syrup that will also work.
Fresh lemon juice from one lemon allows for best results in this recipe. If you’re making more than one drink you’re going to need more than one lemon.
I like using club soda rather than tonic water or seltzer water because club soda has a very mild flavor that combines nicely with lemon.
Using lemon wedges and thyme as garnishes takes this delicious mocktail from good to great. You can also use additional garnishes like other fresh herbs and an orange wedge if desired.
How do make a lemon mocktail?
Delicious beverages do not require complicated directions. The best way to make this great drink is in 3 simple steps!
Step 1: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup.
Step 2: Strain into a martini glass filled with large ice cube and add club soda.
Step 3: Garnish with slice of lemon and thyme.
Pro tip: Use a lot of ice when shaking your drink to chill the drink further. This will help it last longer when ice cubes are actually added to the drink itself.
Expert tips and FAQs
You can easily learn how to make the perfect mocktail with a few tips. Picking out a base like soda water, heavy cream, fruit juices, etc. is an important part of the drink. Then from there it’s just syrups, flavorings, and garnishes.
Non-alcoholic drinks are great for pregnant women, designated drivers, or simply anyone who chooses not to drink. It’s the best way to attend social events without suffering the aftermath of alcohol the next morning.
Unlike alcohol, mocktails can actually hydrate you instead of dehydrate you. Especially if you use a base like coconut water or cranberry juice that contains electrolytes. But it’s important to keep in mind that a lot of mocktails have a large amount of sugar as well.
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Lemon Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic Gin Fizz)
- In a cocktail mixer filled with ice, shake the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup
- Strain into a glass filled with ice and add club soda
- Garnish with fresh lemon slices and thyme