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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Add fresh thyme to a cocktail shaker with the fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice and gently muddle.
- Add gin and Chartreuse with ice.
- Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.
- Add simple syrup to taste if desired.
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