Whenever I find Meyer lemons in stores, I stock up. Since they are only available a few months a year, it really does make sense. It’s the only way I’ll be able to enjoy drinks such as Meyer lemon margaritas and this Meyer lemon vodka cocktail.
Meyer lemons are thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin. They are sweeter than standard lemons but still have a bit of tart to them. They have a nice amount of juice and the peel is sturdy enough to peel off for making infusions such as Meyer lemon infused tequila.
In this Meyer lemon vodka cocktail, I decided to combine the lemons with vanilla vodka. The sweet/tart from the lemons goes nicely with the creaminess of the vodka. The next ingredient I added was some elderflower liqueur. The herbal notes in the liqueur are the perfect combination in the drink without overpowering anything. It all just works.
I served this particular Meyer lemon vodka cocktail to my mom one day and she gave it two thumbs up. She also declared it “Grandma’s Juice” so I think that’s also a good sign she enjoyed her drink.
- 1½ ounces vanilla vodka
- 1 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 1 ounce fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
- Meyer lemon peel for garnish
- Combine all ingredients except for garnish in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with a Meyer lemon peel.
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