We’ve a lot of Meyer lemons right now after a visit to our friend, Kristen’s home in the East Bay to celebrate the Kev-star’s birthday last week. She has two dwarf trees in her backyard that are full of these delightful fruit.
Meyer lemons have terrific flavor. Milder than regular lemons; the acidity level is very low and the fruit exudes smells redolent of clementines, tangerines, oranges and sweet limes. They’re very aromatic. To me the whole lemon tastes good. I can eat the pulp, skin and pith. The pith only tastes slightly bitter. The skin is thin, smooth and shiny. Meyer lemons are very versatile. I love to use them instead of or combined with vinegar in salad dressings, or just eat them like you would an orange or grapefruit.
The other day I came home from a not so fabulous day at work ready for a drink. Strangely, we didn’t have wine handy that I actually like: too much cheap red Bordeaux and one-note summer whites. I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to go to the storage unit to fetch some better stuff. So many stairs! Then I realized we did have a bottle of Patrón silver from a party a few weeks ago. Perfect! I was one step away from enjoying a cocktail!
Here’s my solution for turning a sour day into a sweet one:
tequila Meyer lemonade
1 pint size glass cup
2 large Meyer lemons (or more)
2 tsp sugar
1½ shots (or more if you’re really frisky) good silver tequila, like Patrón
Fill the cup with ice. Squeeze the juice of the lemons into glass. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add tequila and give it another stir. Decorate with a Meyer lemon slice. And there you have a delicious cocktail to sip and relax!