Meyer Lemon Gin Cocktail {with a little bit of thyme}

Now that Meyer lemons are back in season, it’s only natural to use them in cocktails. Or in Meyer lemon infused tequila and then in cocktails. Either way the end result is the same. So, the first time I saw them in the store this season, I stocked up. I’d like to say that I created multiple cocktail recipes with them but the truth is I only came up with this Meyer lemon gin cocktail. Mostly because it was so good that I drank several of them, but not in the same day. I’m not that much of a lush.

gin meyer lemon cocktail

If you’ve never had a Meyer lemon before you’re missing out. They are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange and are slightly sweeter than lemons. They are typically in season December through May. Sometimes I can find them at Whole Foods in October and November although this is pretty rare. They have thin skins and lots of juice. I’ve used them in a variety of cocktails ranging from Meyer lemon ginger margaritas to Meyer lemon martinis.

thyme gin cocktail

But back to this Meyer lemon gin cocktail. I knew I wanted to pair Meyer lemon and gin, but I wasn’t sure what else I was going to add to the drink. After a quick scan through my liquor cabinets I settled on Green Chartreuse. This would bring in herbal notes that would balance the Meyer lemon juice and also play nicely with the gin. That was my first round with this drink.

meyer lemon gin cocktail

For my second round, I added fresh thyme to the mix. Bingo. That was the drink I was wanted. So, when my mom came up to stay for a few days I made a round of these Meyer lemon gin cocktails to share with her. Except, I forgot to look at the recipe and I ended up making them without the Chartreuse. I didn’t realize it until an hour after our glasses were empty and I was thinking back on why they weren’t as good this time.

thyme lemon gin cocktail

The moral of this story? Always look at your notes before making drink recipes. Oh, and I suppose the other moral is don’t leave out the herbal liqueur.

gin thyme cocktail

Meyer lemon gin cocktail
 
Pucker up with this Meyer lemon gin cocktail made with fresh thyme and Green Chartreuse.
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 - 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ½ ounce fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 1½ ounces London Dry Gin (I used Tanqueray)
  • ¼ ounce Green Chartreuse
  • Simple syrup, to taste if desired
  • Another sprig of fresh thyme for garnish
Directions
  1. Add fresh thyme to a cocktail shaker with the fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice and gently muddle.
  2. Add gin and Chartreuse with ice.
  3. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.
  5. Add simple syrup to taste if desired.

 

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she tends bar at DEATH & TAXES and midtown eats in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found improving her food and drink photography, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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