Lemon Sugar

An easy, 2-ingredient recipe for Lemon Sugar that’s perfectly sweet and tart. Great for rimming cocktails and more!

Craving something tart and sweet? I hope you just said “yes!” Lately, I’ve been enjoying sharing all the fun Cocktails… but one thing that’s been missing? A homemade lemon sugar!

We’re going to be making this deliciously sweet and wonderfully tart cocktail garnish with only 2 ingredients: fresh lemon and sugar!

What is Lemon Sugar?

Lemon sugar is a garnish for cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks that is made with two ingredients: lemon zest and sugar. Blended together, these two ingredients create a sweet and tart addition to any beverage.

Lemon Sugar ingredients measured into glass prep bowls, including granulated sugar and lemon zest.


All you need are two simple ingredients to make lemon sugar: granulated sugar and a fresh lemon.

How to Make Lemon Sugar

Lemon sugar is super simple to make! First, zest a lemon. You can use this lemon zester. Stick to zesting the yellow part which is tart and flavorful.

Next, add the lemon zest and sugar to a small food processor.

Two photos showing How to Make Lemon Sugar – adding lemon sugar and lemon zest into a small food processor.

Pulse to blend the two ingredients together. Once it’s well mixed and you smell that bright lemon scent, it’s done.

Blending the two ingredients together to make this sweet and tart recipe.

How to Use Lemon Sugar

To use lemon sugar, simply pour into a shallow dish wide enough to fit the mouth of your glass.

Run a lemon wedge along the rim to wet it. Then, dip the rim into the dish of lemon sugar, twisting to coat.

I love to use it when making these crowd-pleasing Lemon Drop Shots.

Serving this cocktail garnish on a black plate with a cocktail shaker and a martini glass in the background.

If you love the ease of this cocktail garnish recipe, you’ll love these amazing cocktails… The tangy ‘n savory Salty Dog Cocktail (a vamped up Greyhound Drink), the sweetly smooth Toasted Almond Drink, the spicy Hot and Dirty Martini, and the luxurious Cadillac Margarita!

I can’t wait until our next shaken, not stirred journey! 😉 Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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Plate full of lemon sugar served with a lemon and a cocktail set.

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An easy, 2-ingredient recipe for Lemon Sugar that’s perfectly sweet and tart. Great for rimming cocktails and more!


  • 1 large lemon (2 tablespoons of zest)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar


  1. Zest a lemon until you have 2 tablespoons—stick to the bright yellow skin, not the bitter white part. 
  2. Add lemon zest and sugar to a small food processor.
  3. Pulse until thoroughly well mixed and the lemon oils have released into the sugar. The lemon sugar will be fragrant and yellow when finished.
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. Wow – I didn’t know what I was missing out on until I found your recipe for lemon sugar! There is no need for me to use regular sugar anymore!

  2. Love the bright pop of flavor from this lemon sugar. It’s so easy to make, it’s versatile, and so delicious!

  3. This was fantastic with our cocktail! The drink looked so beautiful with the lemon sugar rim. Thank you!