Sip on this citrusy, sweet drink and bask in its golden glow.
Well, guys. It’s official.
Spring has sprung. The birds are chirping and the bees are buzzing and I’m pushing my kids to play outside while I sip on citrusy little adult drinks. Ahhhh, life is good.
Meyer lemons will only be in season for another month or two, so let’s all indulge in them as much as possible, shall we? They’re sweet and tart, just like the new Chex Mix Lemon Meringue flavored Muddy Buddies I spotted at my local store. Match made in heaven? I think yes.
Also, hello! Have your Muddy Buddies and drink them, too. That’s a new saying I just made up. It’s going to be huge.
Let’s make ourselves a Meyer Lemon Gimlet, shall we? And don’t worry if you don’t have gin. I’m a vodka girl myself and it works beautifully in a gimlet.
We’re going to make a simple syrup out of the lemon juice and sugar. It’s easy peasy. Just squeeze one lemon into a pan, add a tablespoon of sugar, and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let it cool.
If you’re a fancy person, you’ll want to bust out your cocktail shaker. If you are like me, you’ll grab a mason jar. Either will work. Add the Meyer lemon syrup you just made, squeeze half of a Meyer lemon into the jar, and pour in your gin or vodka.
Add ice, close ‘er up, and shake to your heart’s content.
You should have half of a lemon leftover. Snatch it up, hack off a slice, and rub it around the rim of your martini glass.
Place about 1/4 cup of Lemon Meringue Muddy Buddies in a blender or food processor and blitz the heck out of them. We want fiiiiiiine crumbs or they won’t stick to your glass very well. Pour the crumbs onto a pretty plate, take your martini glass with the lemon-y rim, and rub it all up in there.
Use a pairing knife to peel about a 1/2-inch wide strip of lemon peel off. Try not to get the white pith with the peel. Roll it up like a jellyroll, slice off the edges to clean it up, and then twist it into a pretty little garnish. It will hold its shape quite well. Try it, it’s fun!
Now, get yo’ drank on.