Meyer lemons are one of the best citrus fruits and when shaken into a cocktail – this Meyer Lemon Drop – will tantalize the tastebuds. Meyer lemons taste like a cross between a lemon and a tangerine and offer the most delightful citrus flavors on the planet, and to sip on such a treat at the end of the week makes life more beautiful.
Meyer lemons have a thinner skin and are so packed with luscious juice that you can squeeze them by hand or with a juicer, and get most of the juice out of each piece of fruit. I happen to think they are gorgeous in color and really perk up drinks, like this one, in such an elegant way. A simple syrup made with Meyer lemons is also needed to achieve such a delightful cocktail, but that’s a super simple task of boiling water and sugar with a few lemon slices and letting it cool.
I rimmed each glass with a mixture of sugar, a bit of salt and lemon zest for another note of citrus fun. That’s why this drink is so darn delicious. Sip it slow and enjoy it for as long as you can — it’s worth it.
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
2 Meyer lemons, divided
1 teaspoon salt
6 ounces vodka
(Makes 2 Cocktails)
- In a small saucepan, add 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup water and 2 slices of Meyer lemon. Boil for mixture for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Let cool. Strain into squeeze bottle or other storage container (it will last months in the refrigerator).
- On a small plate, add 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon salt (preferably kosher), and zest of 1/2 lemon. Mix with fingers pressing zest into sugar mixture.
- Using a slice of lemon, run cut-side around rim for moisture. Dip each glass into lemon sugar.
- In a martini shaker, add ice to rim, juice of 1 lemon and vodka – shake, shake, shake.
- Strain into glasses and serve. Enjoy!