Sparkling Meyer Lemon Drop Cocktail Recipe

meyer lemon cocktail recipe

Using homemade rosemary-infused simple syrup, Meyer lemons, and sparkling wine in place of triple sec, this enhanced version of a lemon drop is perfect for sipping poolside!  It tastes best with all ingredients pre-chilled, so it will require some forethought beforehand, but you can also mix the batch ahead of time and place the pitcher in the fridge to chill.  You can whip up endless variations of this drink by infusing different herbs in the simple syrup, using a flavored vodka, or even make it a mocktail by using zero-proof vodka or tonic water.


For the simple syrup:

  • 1 c. water
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 rosemary sprig

For the cocktail:

  • Simple syrup, chilled
  • 1 c. fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice (about 8 lemons), chilled
  • 1/3 c. vodka, chilled
  • 2 c. prosecco or sparkling wine, chilled
  • Rosemary sprigs, for garnish (optional)


For the simple syrup:

  1. Add water, sugar, and rosemary sprig to a large glass measuring cup or other microwave-safe container. 
  2. Microwave on high for 2 ½ minutes. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Let stand for 10 minutes, then discard the rosemary and place in refrigerator to chill.

For the cocktail:

  1. In a large pitcher, add simple syrup, Meyer lemon juice, vodka, and wine.
  2. Stir gently to combine. Pour over ice and garnish with rosemary sprigs, if desired.

Note: For an extra splash of flavor, toss a few of the squeezed lemon rinds into the pitcher before stirring.