Confessions of a Bartender: The Life Cycle of a Lemon Indulge By Virgin Hotels @VirginHotelsChi Share Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Share on LinkedIn #SqueezeTheDay We all know the old adage. When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. But in 2016, people seem to be taking it a bit further. If you’re Beyoncé, you make a platinum album. If you’re a bartender, you squeeze those lemons into your vodka. If you’re The Spirit Guide, you blow our mind by using every single part of said lemon to create a tantalizingly delicious (and environmentally friendly) cocktail in The Commons Club. Meet The Lemon Drop. How many times did The Spirit Guide use a lemon? Let’s count: 1. Lemon Juice Simple. Freshly squeezed. 2. Lemon Shells Squeeze the leftover lemon shells into a bucket of sugar to macerate (make syrup). 3. Lemon Garnishes Use the leftovers to create a lemon brine. 4. Lemon Powder Dehydrate the leftover sugary lemons and grind into powder for the rim of the glass (told you – the man is creative). 5. Belvedere Lemon Tea flavored vodka Very important. 6. Lemon bitters Just a little something extra. And there you have it. Six ways, one lemon, one delicious cocktail. Cheers!