Tuaca Lemon Drop Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Tuaca Lemon Drop is a twist on the classic Lemon Drop cocktail. It's a popular choice for those who enjoy the sweet and sour combination in their drinks. The addition of Tuaca, an Italian liqueur with hints of vanilla and citrus, adds a unique flavor profile to this cocktail. It's a modern cocktail, perfect for those who enjoy experimenting with different flavors.

  • Origin: Modern, 21st Century
  • Ideal for: Experimenting with flavors, Sweet and sour lovers

How Tuaca Lemon Drop Tastes?

The Tuaca Lemon Drop is a well-balanced cocktail with a sweet and sour taste. The citrusy tartness of the lemon juice is perfectly offset by the sweetness of the Tuaca and sugar. It has a smooth, crisp finish with a hint of vanilla.

Interesting facts about Tuaca Lemon Drop

  • The Tuaca Lemon Drop is a variation of the classic Lemon Drop cocktail.
  • Tuaca is an Italian liqueur with hints of vanilla and citrus.
  • This cocktail is a perfect blend of sweet and sour flavors.


  • Tuaca: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Lemon juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Sugar: 1tsp
  • Ice cubes: As needed
  • Lemon slice: 1 for garnish


  • Why 1.5oz? It's the star of the show – enough to stand out, not too much to overpower.
  • The Flavor Factor: Adds a warm, vanilla-citrus undertone that harmonizes with the lemon.
  • No Tuaca, No Party: Skipping it? You'll just have a sad lemonade.

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Lemon Juice

  • Why 1oz? Perfect pucker power! Balances the sweet vanilla notes from the Tuaca.
  • Squeeze Me, Baby: Fresh juice makes it real, giving your drink that zing.
  • Go Sour or Go Home: No juice means a flat performance; the cocktail loses its zesty charm.

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  • Why 1tsp? Sweetens the deal without creating a sugary overkill.
  • The Sweet Spot: Rounds out the acidity, like adding a bass line to your favorite tune.
  • Missing Sweetness?: Without it, the drink becomes a lemony slap in the face.

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Ice Cubes

  • Why As Needed? Shaken over ice to chill, dilute, and marry the flavors.
  • Solid Choices: The cold truth – no ice means no chill, and a lukewarm letdown.

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Lemon Slice

  • Why 1? For the garnish glam! And that little hint of lemon aromatics as you sip.
  • Slice of Life: It's not just a pretty face, it engages the senses before you even take a drink.

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Recipe. How to make Tuaca Lemon Drop Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add 1.5 oz of Tuaca, 1 oz of lemon juice, and 1 tsp of sugar.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon slice and serve.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to properly mix the ingredients and chill the drink.
  • Always use fresh lemon juice for the best taste.
  • Serve in a chilled glass to keep the cocktail cold for longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie board: The salty and savory flavors of cured meats and cheeses complement the balance of sweet and tart in the Tuaca Lemon Drop.
  • Bruschetta: Fresh tomatoes and basil on top of toasted bread can refresh the palate between sips of this citrusy drink.

Main Courses

  • Seafood pasta: Lemon and seafood are a classic pairing, and a pasta dish with shrimp or scallops would pair beautifully.
  • Grilled chicken: The lemon notes in the cocktail will highlight the charred and herbed flavors of the chicken.


  • Lemon sorbet: To double down on the citrus theme, a lemon sorbet will echo the tartness of the cocktail.
  • Vanilla panna cotta: The creaminess and mild flavor of panna cotta will be a lovely balance to the zesty kick of the drink.

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What you could change in Tuaca Lemon Drop

  • Tuaca: You can substitute Tuaca with any other vanilla-citrus liqueur.
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used as a substitute for a different citrus twist.

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Spicy Tuaca Lemon Drop

  • Ingredients: Add a small slice of jalapeño to the shaker.
  • Recipe: Muddle the jalapeño, then follow the original recipe.
  • Taste Twist: A spicy kick that takes the edge off the sweetness and plays well with the vanilla notes.

Tuaca Lime Drop

  • Ingredients: Swap lemon juice for lime juice.
  • Recipe: Same steps, but with a zesty lime twist.
  • Taste Twist: Lime brings a more tropical, slightly less tart vibe that energizes the vanilla hints of Tuaca.

Herbal Tuaca Lemon Drop

  • Ingredients: Add a sprig of fresh thyme or basil to the shaker.
  • Recipe: Muddle the herb, then follow the original recipe.
  • Taste Twist: The herbs infuse a garden-fresh aroma and a sophisticated finish that complements the citrus and vanilla profile.

In case you forgot basics how to make Tuaca Lemon Drop

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Tuaca Lemon Drop

What type of glass should I use for the Tuaca Lemon Drop?

A chilled cocktail glass is ideal for the Tuaca Lemon Drop. This allows the cocktail to stay cold for longer.

What is the alcohol content of Tuaca?

Tuaca contains around 35% alcohol by volume making it a relatively strong liqueur.

Has this cocktail won any awards or recognitions?

While the specific cocktail A Tuaca Lemon Drop doesn't have any awards or recognitions, the individual ingredient Tuaca has been recognized for its unique flavour.

What is the origin of Tuaca?

Tuaca is a fine spirit with a recipe that originated in Italy during the Renaissance period. It was first created by Lorenzo de Medici.

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