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.
Simple Meyer Lemon Margarita
- 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!