You Need To Try This Delicious Local Twist on The Lemon Drop Cocktail

You Need To Try This is a running archive of all the awesome drinks and dishes we’ve come across over the course of our professional and private lives — or at least the ones that we have the presence of mind and patience to photograph before they get in our bellies.

The Lemon Drop cocktail at The Lobby Lounge | Photo: Talia Kleinplatz

A Lemon Drop cocktail conjures up many an image, particularly from the 80’s. Perhaps Tom Cruise in an ill-fitting Hawaiian-print shirt, flare bartending in a nightclub next to Doug Coughlin. Cruise gives an all-too-obvious side glance at the woman on the other side of the bar as he passes her a martini glass filled to the brim with lemon-flavoured vodka. Vaguely tacky, kinda mediocre. Trust me when I say the updated Lemon Drop at The Lobby Lounge is not that. It’s evolved, balanced and cheeky. Most importantly, it’s f*%#ing delicious.

Head Barman Sean McGuigan knew exactly what he was doing when he decided to riff this classic. His clientele has a penchant for vodka and vodka-based cocktails, and he felt he could create something special that spoke to their tastes by elevating the mediocre Lemon Drop to a new level.

Sean McGuigan at work | Photo: Talia Kleinplatz

Instead of following the classic recipe which combines vodka, lemon juice, triple-sec and sugar, McGuigan created a lemon-thyme oleo saccharum (sugar infused with citrus-based essential oils). He builds the drink in the vein of a classic martini combing the oleo sacchrum with white vermouth, vodka and dry curacao which results in a cocktail that is simultaneously rich and refreshing. Brilliant in its simplicity, this is a Lemon Drop that transcends trendy sensibility and has the legs to stick around for a long time to come.

  • ScoutMagazine-TaliaKleinplatz-LemonDrop-Cocktail-2017-2
  • ScoutMagazine-TaliaKleinplatz-LemonDrop-Cocktail-2017-3
  • ScoutMagazine-TaliaKleinplatz-LemonDrop-Cocktail-2017-5
  • ScoutMagazine-TaliaKleinplatz-LemonDrop-Cocktail-2017-4
  • ScoutMagazine-TaliaKleinplatz-LemonDrop-Cocktail-2017-7

There are 0 comments

You Need To Try This

Vancouver’s Best New Restaurants of 2018, Mapped

9 Places

We present these fine establishments in no particular order, but give each of our readers TWO votes so they can be ranked.

You Need to Try This Katsu-Sake Halibut in Dashi Chowder on Main Street

The pretty thing tasted like Summer, so if you want to eat some time travel in an Autumn downpour, hit Torafuku before it's off the menu!

You Need To Try This

Vancouver’s Best Ice Cream, Ranked

17 Places

It's summer, so we've been filling our gobs with ridiculous amounts of ice cream (in the name of research). Here are our findings.

You Need To Try This

Vancouver’s Best Fried Chicken, Ranked

12 Places

Our city is enjoying a fried chicken boom right now, with several different styles vying for supremacy. We map the best spots here.