If you're here following us, over 21 and have ever been to a bar... you've most likely had one of the most ordered cocktails we can think of, the Lemon Drop. Add a little ginger to this classic cocktail and you've just created magic.
Since the day I opened Craft Lounge, it's been arguably one of our best sellers. We call this guy “Not Enough Soul”. Essentially a ginger lemon drop, here are you steps to make one of your own:
1.5 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Lemon Juice
.5 oz. Triple Sec
.5 oz. House Made Ginger Syrup
.5 oz. Simple Syrup
Combine all ingredients in the small side of the shaker tin, fill with ice, top the small tin with the large one. Make sure you have a nice seal, face the split in the tins towards you, and shake it like you’re trying to kill the ice that’s in there. Pretend you’re making crushed ice without a mallet. I mean, like shake it until you think your arms might fall off... or for at least about 10-15 seconds, until the tins are nice and frosty. With the large tin down, break them apart (you may need to give it a little smack), strain into a coupe glass with a ginger sugar rim if you're feeling fancy.
Presentation is everything when trying to impress... We make our own ginger sugar, and you can too, read about how here. Or if you want to save yourself some time you can buy it pre made here.
The standard sour recipe in the bar, with a ratio of 2 . 1 . 1 . so you can play with this however you want. Some may argue that this is closer to a sidecar, which is actually the predecessor to the margarita, and more closely resembles this lemon drop, but for sake of argument we're going to call it a sour here.
For example in our Lemon Drop variations we split the main spirit the (2 portion) into 1.5 of spirit and .5 of triple sec. this helps make the sour way sweeter, since triple sec is 17% abv and mostly sweetener and orange flavoring.
But in our humble opinion the best “Not Enough Soul” is made like this:
2 oz. London Dry Gin
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. House Made Ginger Syrup.
Shake, Strain, into coupe, with ginger sugar rim.
Taking the Triple Sec out and replacing it with all ginger gives the drink a nice spice to it and subbing the vodka for gin brings an extra layer of complexity to the cocktail that usually starts the process of converting a vodka drinker to a gin lover.
Make one of each and give them a side by side test and see for yourself which you prefer. Then drop us a line in the comments below and let us know what you think!