I wanted to create a Meyer Lemon Drop cocktail to celebrate and toast the return of Meyer lemon season in our garden. It’s all about the mighty Meyers in my kitchen these days, as both of our trees are bursting with ripe fruit.
Our older tree in the front yard, so frequently stripped bare of fruit by greedy passers-by, seems to have been protected by a large net we threw over the tree. I’m happy to share fruit with our neighbors, but last year we were cleaned out by lemon thieves pretty early in the season. I use lemons almost every day in our low-salt diet and rely on our lemons for my cooking.
In any case, I love a good cocktail and decided to give the classic Lemon Drop a Meyer lemon twist. I choose Grand Marnier over Triple Sec and skipped adding sugar to the rim of the martini glass. I’m not one for sweet cocktails and Meyer lemons are twice as sweet as many other lemons.
LtC TIP: To make a simple syrup, combine 2 parts water with 1 part white sugar, heat in the microwave, stir to dissolve and cool before using.
- 2 ounces vodka
- ½ ounce Grand Marnier
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1 ounce fresh Meyer lemon juice
- Meyer lemon slice (optional garnish)
- Combine all ingredients (except for the garnish) in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.
- Shake for 30 seconds, pour into a chilled martini glass.
- Add garnish and serve.