Lime Drop Shots

These Lime Drop Shots use fresh lime juice that’s made in the most unique way! No need for a lime wedge chaser when you serve these tequila shots!

Lime Drop Shots on napkin

I got the idea for these shots when Christie and I were watching Triple D on the Food Network. This old guy was making his “famous” lemonade at his restaurant and finally giving away his secret recipe. What’s the secret? He uses fresh lemons…and the whole lemon. I mean literally the whole thing, skin, seeds and all. Right into his crazy big blender. What comes out is a thick lemon juice – a very concentrated lemon juice – that will act as the base for the lemonade.

All there is to do is add your water and sugar and you’ve got the best lemonade ever.

Of course this made me start thinking about cocktails. Just adding some rum or vodka to that lemonade would have been good enough. But since Cinco de Mayo is here tomorrow, I thought we’d use some tequila instead.

And switch the lemons out for limes.

You do need a good blender to make the lime base. We use our Breville blender for this, not as expensive as some other top notch blenders but it does the job just as well!

If you don’t have a good blender you can use a food processor and work in batches to grind up the limes.

Just start by adding some cut up limes to your blender and puree until it’s smooth.

Lime Drop Shots with blender

Pour the mixture into a fine strainer and strain over a bowl until all the juice is out and the pulp is left in the strainer.

Lime Drop Shots being strained

Add the lime juice to a pitcher with a cup of cold water, 3/4 cup of tequila, and 1/4 cup of sugar.

Stir, chill and serve in shot glasses, I got these Mason Jar Shot Glasses from Amazon, they’re super cheap and definitely worth the money for these shots and many more…

Just like a lemon drop has a sugared rim, I rimmed my shot glasses with sugar and lime zest. It adds a great look to the drink and also great flavor. Believe me, these shots are full of fresh lime flavor – you’ll want the sugared rim!

Lime Drop Shots with tequila

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Lime Drop Shots are made with fresh lime and tequila

Lime Drop Shots

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x

These fun tequila shots use fresh limes that have been pulverized in a blender for the most tart and sweet citrus flavor! No need for a lime wedge on the side, these tequila shots come with the lime built in!



  • 4 large (or 6 small) limes, washed
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. tequila
  • Extra sugar for rimming the glasses


  1. Zest 2 of the limes and reserve zest in a bowl.
  2. Cut the limes in quarters and place inside a blender or food processor.
  3. Blend until smooth and strain through a fine strainer into a bowl.
  4. Add the strained lime juice, a cup of cold water, the sugar and tequila into a pitcher and stir.
  5. Dip each shot glass in a shallow dish of water. Then rim each glass with a 50/50 mixture of the zest and sugar.
  6. Pour the lime drops into the rimmed glasses and serve.
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

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24 Responses
  1. Joybee

    These look awesome. I’ll have to give this a try in my blender it’s not the super expensive kind but It’s pretty powerful. Great tip on making the lemon/limeade I can’t wait to try this. Pinning.

  2. pam (Sidewalk Shoes)

    I just bought me one of those expensive blenders that you talk about :) It was a challenge to justify that kind of money, but there are lots of cocktails and smoothies in my future! I would love it if you would link this up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!

  3. Mckenzie finlon

    Hi I was just curious if you put the entire lime, skin and all in the blender? Or did you skin it first?

  4. Ashton

    could the limes be replaced with lemons and it still taste good? I tried the recipe and loved it, but my husband is more of a lemon person!

  5. Daniel

    After I got the purée, I wasn’t getting any juice no matter what I tried. Can’t figure out what I was doing wrong

    1. Dan

      I’m really not sure Daniel. You used the whole lime? The only thing I can think of is that the limes were older and didn’t have a lot of juice in them? We’re they hard to start with?

  6. Sheena

    These look awesome! I’ve been looking for a flavored tequila shot. One question, do you think you could blend this up a couple days in advance? I was to take it on a weekend trip with us. I wasn’t sure with the rind in there. I wouldn’t want it to get to bitter.

    1. Dan

      I don’t think it would turn out well blending it beforehand. Could you bring a blender or a mini smoothie maker?

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