Margarita of the Month: November

November 26, 2012

Margarita of the Month: November

A few days ago in the produce section at Publix,  I came upon some big, bright-yellow citrus – yes, it was the elusive Meyer Lemons! My mind went immediately to how these would go with tequila, so I nabbed several and giddily made my way to the checkout…

This prized fruit is uber-popular among the cheffy-set and is only seen in limited numbers during the late fall/winter months – they are big, full of juice, and while tart, they much sweeter than a normal lemon.

I researched margarita recipes using the Meyers, and found many – most were fairly simple, emphasizing the intrinsic flavor of the fruit – and so inspired came up with the easy recipe below:

Meyer Lemon Margarita

2 ounces Silver Tequila

2 ounces fresh squeezed Meyer Lemon Juice

1 ounce Triple Sec or Cointreau

1/2 – 1 ounce Agave Nectar or Simple Syrup (see below)

slice of lemon if desired for garnish

Put all ingredients (except garnish, of course) into a cocktail shaker and add plenty of ice. Shake vigorously of 30 seconds. Strain into a glass (with a salted rim if you so desire… I do…) that is filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel if you want. Makes one generous drink.

Some of the goodies…

The amount of sweetener (agave or simple syrup) is up to your own tastes – I first made a drink without any extra sweetener at all, and it was quite good – if you like sour flavors try it this way and then add sweetness to your own palate as desired. If you prefer a less tart beverage, start with 1/2 ounce of sweet fluid… another way to go would be to make a drink with no extra sweetener, but then to rim the glass with sugar… hummmm…

Meyer Lemon Margarita

If you want to “fancy it up” you certainly can – one recipe I came across added a sprig of fresh rosemary for a bit of herbal flavor, and as Dedicated Readers know I’m not averse to adding a bit of hot pepper to a cocktail, and it certainly wouldn’t hurt the Meyer Lemon…

Look out for the juicy, yellow Meyer globes and give this ‘rita a try! And let us all know what you think!

Back to the kitchen… and the bar… see you soon!

2 Responses to “Margarita of the Month: November”

  1. Miniv Says:

    Too bad I can’t provide you with a few lemons from our yard in Alice Springs. They were huge, rather bumpy, like they’d been part of a nuclear attack, and no amount of sugar could make them into drinkable lemonade. You’d have fun creating new margaritas with them.


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