The Meyer Lemon Drop

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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.

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The Meyer Lemon Drop
Recipe type: cocktail
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Serves: 1 cocktail
A twist on the classic lemon drop cocktail using fresh Meyer lemon juice.
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • Meyer lemon slice (optional garnish)
  1. Combine all ingredients (except for the garnish) in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.
  2. Shake for 30 seconds, pour into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Add garnish and serve.

The Meyer Lemon Drop

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10 Responses to The Meyer Lemon Drop

  1. Stephanie Weaver, MPH January 29, 2016 at 10:11 am #

    Super pretty and I’m sure tastes fabulous! I’m so glad the netting helped this year. My little tree is growing, no fruit yet though.

    • Liz January 29, 2016 at 11:54 am #

      Glad to share some Meyers with you any time!

  2. Suzanne January 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    Beautiful cocktail Liz, Wow, love lemon especially meyer lemons. Is that your tree? OMG, it’s loaded with lemons. How lucky.

    • Liz January 29, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

      It is our tree – seems all the neighborhood trees are covered this season – which is strange, considering the drought.

  3. Teagan Geneviene January 30, 2016 at 11:13 am #

    Hi Liz! I’ve never had this kind of drink, but now I’m going nuts wanting one. Lemony-licious! Hugs!

  4. sippitysup January 30, 2016 at 5:32 pm #

    This is a classic! GREG

    • Liz January 30, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

      Thank you for teaching me how to coax fruit in our new tree, Greg. xo

  5. Jayne January 31, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    How elegant that looks! Sounds lovely, I have never tried a lemon drop before so glad your lemons have not been stolen!

    • Liz January 31, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

      When you and Andy come to see us in San Diego, I will make us a batch!

  6. Kenya Avacado Exporters April 14, 2016 at 5:57 am #

    I love lemon cocktails, always amazing and refreshing

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