Did you know February 22 is National Margarita Day? Well, it is, at least according to a Facebook rumor, and that’s all the evidence I need to try out a tasty new margarita recipe!
What’s in season now, you ask? Citrus of course… which makes it perfectly reasonable that the margarita, while usually considered a summery drink, has its day in the sun in February.
So, shake up a traditional margarita tomorrow, but make sure it’s an ultimate one. Or go for a grapefruit margarita, or a pomegranate margarita, if you want something seasonal but not too citrus-y…. or try my new favorite, a Meyer Lemon Margarita.
I can’t wait until our Meyer lemon tree starts fruiting. Next year, maybe I won’t have to buy Meyer lemons to make this delicious drink. If only I can get the caterpillars to stop munching on its delectable leaves….
- 2-3 Meyer lemons (depending on size)
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 Tbs Grand Marnier (or Cointreau)
- Halve the lemons and juice them, retaining the rinds. You should end up with roughly ¾ oz of juice. Roughly chop half of the rinds, and cut a few twists from the other rinds for garnish.
- Stir the sugar and water together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then add the chopped lemon rind. Return to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat, cover and cool. Strain out the rind and measure ¼ cup of the syrup, retaining any unused simple syrup for a future use.
- Measure ¾ oz of the lemon juice into a shaker filled with ice. Add the ¼ cup of infused simple syrup and the Grand Marnier. Stir and taste for sweetness; add additional simple syrup to taste.
- Shake well and strain into salt-rimmed glasses (if desired). Garnish with a Meyer lemon twist.