meyer lemon margarita

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meyer lemon cocktail

I’ve decided that I really need to start drinking more.

It all started last summer when I visited my Saucy friends at the Fancy Food show. I’d taken 2nd place in their cooking contest and they thought it would be fun if I came down and prepared that recipe for the crowd.

fancy food show DC{Can you tell we had a blast?}

After we “worked” at the Fancy Food show, the Saucy crew took me out for a few drinks and a fun, delicious dinner. It was a scorching hot summer day, so when Kelly ordered a Lemon Drop I immediately said I’d have the same. This was unusual for me; aside from margaritas and mojitos, I really wasn’t one to order a cocktail.

chef geoffsI fell hard. It was the perfect balance of sweet, tart with just a slight kick from the booze. The sugared rim, chilled glass and all that lemony goodness! I began ordering them whenever we were out. I would ask Alan if he wanted to go to dinner early just so we could have a cocktail at the bar before dinner. Sadly, I’ve never found a place that was able to replicate that experience for me. I’m sure a good part of it was the atmosphere, in the same way that your dinner always tastes just a bit better when you’re surrounded with good friends and laughter. Mostly, however, most of the cocktails that followed have been merely mediocre (with the exception of a spicy concoction at ZENGO in Santa Monica; I’ve emailed for the recipe and will hopefully get the go-ahead to share it).

And so I’ve decided to try my hand at becoming a mixologist. My reasoning is that if I can create great flavors with food, coming up with great cocktail flavors shouldn’t be that much of a stretch. And it will be awfully fun in the process!

I’m easing into with my first one – a Meyer Lemon Margarita. Trader Joe’s had some meyer lemons last week and Andrea Meyers and I snatched them up. I’d originally thought I would make preserved meyer lemons or a meyer lemon custard, but then I remembered that I am, after all, a budding mixologist! I should use them in a cocktail! And since I already know margaritas pretty well, it wasn’t much of a stretch to just use meyer lemons in place of the limes.

meyer lemonsIf you’ve seen meyer lemons around but haven’t been certain what to do with them, this refreshing cocktail is a good place to start. And it’s a nice reminder that winter can’t last forever!

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