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
  • Faux Stone Fence — Rye, Apple cider, Lemon juice, Maple syrup
  • Ginger Rhubarb Sour — Old Tom Gin, Rhubarb liqueur, Ginger syrup, Lemon juice
  • Cupid's Revenge Cocktail — Brandy, Champagne, Triple sec, Pomegranate Liqueur, Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon juice, Maraschino cherry
  • Gin & Gruit — Ale, Gin, Grapefruit bitters, Ginger syrup, Lemon juice
  • First Rodeo — Gin, Bianco Vermouth, Peychaud's Bitters, Grapefruit juice, Soda water, Simple syrup, Lemon juice, Orange peel
  • Clemen-thyme Sour — Bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, Lemon juice, Citrus fruit, Egg white, Sugar, Thyme
  • Cucumber Lavender Sour Punch — Gin, Ginger liqueur, Crème Yvette, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Cucumber, Lavender Tea
  • Canton Daisy — Ginger liqueur, Herbal liqueur, Bitters, Lemon juice, Club soda, Simple syrup, Candied ginger
  • Black Clover Club — Gin, Dry vermouth, Lemon juice, Egg white, Blackberry preserves
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