Lemon juice is the juice of a lemon, or Citrus limon, a small, evergreen tree native to Asia. Lemon juice is mainly composed of citric acid, and has a pH of around 2.3. While lemon juice has an incredible amount of culinary uses (everything from curdling milk for cream cheese to balancing out pan juices for gravy to cleaning pots and pans), it is the primary acidity used in cocktail making, as it is the most neutral of the common acidifiers (other common acid sources include limes and oranges).

Lemon juice adds a fairly neutral balance in modest amounts, but can shift the flavors of other ingredients, as in the Jasmine, where lemon juice takes the cherry flavor of Campari and makes it taste like pink grapefruit.

Some popular cocktails containing Lemon juice

  • Derby Cup — Bourbon, Pimm's No. 1 Cup, Soda water, Mint syrup, Lemon juice, Mint
  • Blind Date at Chelsea — Cognac VSOP, Sloe gin, Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Strawberry, Raspberry, Lemon peel
  • Liquid Gold — Champagne, Cognac, Bitters, White grape juice, Lemon juice
  • Le Antoinette — Gin, Campari, Elderflower liqueur, Lemon juice
  • Lone Oak — Irish whiskey, Herbal liqueur, Bitters, Lemon juice, Pistachio syrup, Curry
  • Lee-Stumper — Aquavit, Lemon juice, Grapefruit juice, Rich simple syrup 2:1
  • Battering Ram — Bourbon, Oloroso sherry, Bitters, Lemon juice, Ginger syrup, Demerara syrup
  • Love Burns — Puerto Rican Rum, Sparkling rosé wine, Chinato, Grapefruit bitters, Lemon juice, Simple syrup
  • SATAMA PUNCH — Kombucha, Light rum, Dark rum, Apricot liqueur, Absinthe, Lemon juice, Passion fruit syrup
  • Gin & Gruit — Ale, Gin, Grapefruit bitters, Ginger syrup, Lemon juice
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