I'm in desperate need for summer. Or spring. Or anything above the freezing mark. Truly. I would kill for a sandy beach, and a mojito. STAT. But we can't have it all. What DO I have? Meyer Lemons. Lots. Or at least the numerous things I decided to make out of the couple dozen I had on hand. I recently did a quickie photo shoot with my photographer friend, Jedd Austin of Dark Stripe Media [check out his new site, it's got tons of amazing photography + inspiration!]. As we were working on the shoot, I came up with some simple, yummy cocktail recipes, all of which seemed to garner a summery vibe. It was unusually sunny and warm[ish] while we shot, so I'm wondering if that had something to do with it...
If you're feeling the awful midwinter chill, and are desparately looking forward to spring, try out this cocktail recipe! The mason jar is mandatory; it gives this drink that extra southern charm.
GIN IN A JAR
1 jigger of Gin [or approx. 1 oz. or more depending on how you feel]
1 jigger of meyer lemon simple syrup [I made this using my recipe for candied Meyer lemon, but you can recreate this just by steeping a good portion of meyer lemon rind with equal parts sugar and water for a half hour]
Lots of Ice
Club Soda or Tonic Water [I like the taste of tonic more, but club is calorie free if you're looking out for that sort of thing]
Slices of Meyer Lemon [just because]
A piece or two of candied meyer lemon- SO yummy
Combine the first three ingredients and shake thoroughly. Add the fizzy stuff and slices of lemon and stir. Garnish with candied Meyer Lemon. Mint also works beautifully in this combination, but I didn't have any on hand on this somewhat chilly January afternoon, but maybe in a couple months you will!