I have been in the mood for margaritas lately. Recently when I made my monthly trip to the Strip district and saw these lovely Meyer lemons, I decided to try them in a margarita. Because I’m into margaritas right now and why not? Traditionally you use a lime but a Meyer lemon tastes like a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange so that sounds like a nice twist right? So when the folks at Sunday Supper came up with Citrus Recipes That Make You Smile this week, I had the perfect one: a simple Meyer lemon margarita!
I had never had a Meyer lemon before and I’m so glad I tried one! Meyer lemons are smaller than regular lemons and they have a deeper yellow shade to them. As I mentioned above they taste like a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange and they are sweeter and less acidic. Being a seasonal item here in Pittsburgh I will be buying them while I can get them. I just made a Paleo Meyer lemon ginger biscotti with them and am trying to think of some new recipes as well.
I used a classic margarita recipe which is just tequila, Cointreau and lime juice. Of course I substituted Meyer lemon juice for the lime and also rimmed the glasses with a combination of sugar, salt and zest. I think that was my favorite part! There was something about the sweet and salty and aromatic zest that made the drink. My hubby was kind enough to taste test for me … a job he thoroughly enjoyed.
I used Cointreau in this recipe but you can use any brand of triple sec or tequila you like. I recommend a better brand of alcohol for any cocktail as you are less likely to get a hangover unless you have two or three and well then you are on your own! 😉 For the rims, I mixed salt, sugar and the zest from the Meyer lemons. After zesting the lemons, you can then juice them and add in your tequila and Cointreau. Take your glasses and wet the rims, then place them on the salt/sugar/zest mixture to get that nice crusty rim. I was happy I got to use my margarita glasses that was a wedding present from an old work friend. Makes me think of her when I use those glasses. Anyway, add crushed ice and pour your margarita in the glasses and enjoy!
Simple Meyer Lemon Margaritas
So that is my contribution for this week’s Sunday Supper theme. I have to admit to taste testing quite a few of these margaritas the past two weekends just to make sure I got it right. 😉 I’m hooked on these Meyer lemons. For more great citrus recipes check out the posts below and thank you Lisa Grant of Jersey Girl Cooks for hosting this week. I hope you like this Meyer lemon margarita as much as my hubby and I did. I see Cindy has a Meyer Lemon Chicken Picatta I’m going to check out right now.
- ⅓ cup Meyer lemon juice
- ⅓ cup Cointreau
- ⅓ cup Agave tequila
- 2 Meyer lemons zested (just the zest)
- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Zest the lemons before juicing and add to the salt and sugar and place on a small plate to rim your glasses.
- Squeeze the lemons to get ⅓ cup of juice. You may need another lemon to make up the ⅓ cup.
- Mix the lemon juice, Cointreau and tequila in a shaker.
- Take your glasses and wet the the rims. Then turn them upside down on the plate and cover them in the sugar/salt/zest mixture.
- Add crushed ice to your glasses and then pour in the tequila mixture.
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A few more drink recipes to try!
Sunday Supper Citrus Recipes That Will Make You Smile
- Chocolate Orange Cinnamon Rolls by Caroline’s Cooking
- Creamy Vanilla-Orange Overnight Oats by A Little Fish in the Kitchen
- Key Lime Muffins with Key Lime Glaze by Family Around The Table
- Lemon Donut Holes by The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread by Pies and Plots
- Lemon Ricotta Pancakes by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Muffins by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins by Jersey Girl Cooks
- Tiny Batch Blood Orange Marmalade by What Smells So Good?
- 10 Minute Lemon Pasta With Crispy Basil by Sprinkles and Sprouts
- Asian Lemon Chicken by Brunch-n-Bites
- Calamansi Shrimp on Couscous by Asian In America
- Citrus Marinated Chicken Thighs by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Citrus-Glazed Scallops with Chunky Avocado Salsa by The Weekend Gourmet
- Lemon Lime Shrimp Cocktail w/a Citrus Yogurt Dipping Sauce by The Freshman Cook
- Lemon Ricotta Spaghetti with Peas by Cricket’s Confections
- Meyer Lemon Chicken Piccata by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- One Pan Parmesan Lemon Chicken and Asparagus by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Orange Beef by Palatable Pastime
- Easy Instant Pot Orange Chicken by A Mind “Full” Mom
- Skillet Roasted Lemon Chicken by My Savory Spoon
- Slow Cooked Orange Chicken Breasts by Simple and Savory
- Thai Lime Basil Chicken Stir Fry by Wholistic Woman
- Banana Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Clementine Pistachio Pomegranate Upside Down Cake by Sunday Supper Movement
- Easy Japanese Lemon Yuzu Bars by The Ninja Baker
- Key Lime Chiffon Pie by Food Done Light
- Lemon & Blueberry Skillet Cake by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Lemon Key Lime Layer Snack Cakes by Crazed Mom
- Meyer Lemon Creme Brulee by Soulfully Made
- Pink Grapefruit Meringue Tart by Baking Sense
- Sittin’ On a Sandbar Key Lime Pie by Gourmet Everyday
- Starbucks Lemon Loaf Recipe by Life Tastes Good
- The Best Lemon Bars Recipe by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Triple Citrus Macaroon Mascarpone Tart by The Crumby Cupcake
- Triple Lemon Poke Cake by Shaken Together
- Homemade Grapefruit Soda by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Pineapple Orange Smoothie by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- Ruby Red Mimosa by Our Good Life
- Simple Meyer Lemon Margaritas by My Life Cookbook
- Watermelon Limeade by From the Bookshelf
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