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

  • Coffee Cobbler — Venezuelan rum, Coffee liqueur, Orange liqueur, Simple syrup, Lemon juice
  • Off The Vine — Gin, Vodka, Aromatized wine, Celery bitters, Lemon juice
  • Apple and Eve — Bison grass vodka, Lemon juice, Gomme syrup, Egg white, Brown sugar, Apple
  • Ume Klug — Gin, Junmai Sake, Simple syrup, Lemon juice, Plum
  • Harvest Time — Light rum, Pumpkin liqueur, Drambuie, Lemon juice
  • Williams Christ Superstar — Champagne, Pear eau de vie, Jägermeister, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Mint
  • Le Antoinette — Gin, Campari, Elderflower liqueur, Lemon juice
  • Lankershim Fizz — Gin, Pedro Ximénez Sherry, Soda water, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Egg white, Lemon peel
  • The Runaway — Bitters, Batavia Arrack, Rye, Orgeat, Lemon juice, Lemon peel
  • Colonel Grey — Bourbon, Earl Grey Tea Syrup, Lemon juice, Soda water, Lemon peel
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