Community Lemon – What I’m Drinking this Week
In thinking about this week’s cocktail with the herb of the week – thyme, I got it into my head that the drink needed to have fresh Meyer lemon juice in it too. Meyer lemons are a bit sweeter than a regular lemon and are a cross between a regular lemon and either a tangerine or an orange. It’s not really Meyer lemon season, but that didn’t deter me. I sent out a plea to my Facebook community to see if anyone in my neighborhood had a tree with any leftover Meyer lemons. I even offered to hand over eggs from my chickens in exchange (it’s good to give folks a little incentive). People scoured their trees, but unfortunately, the summer harvest is over and the winter fruits are too green. I was about to head out searching for farmer’s markets, but decided to stop at my local supermarket (Gelson’s). Lo and behold, they had Meyer lemons. They were $5.00 for a package of 3 (yikes!), but they were Meyer lemons.
So, I raise my glass to my friends in Valley Village and beyond because sometimes you need life to bring you lemons. Cheers!
1.5 oz white rum – I used Pritchard’s
3/4 oz. Meyer lemon juice
1/2 oz. thyme-Meyer lemon simple syrup*
Pour rum, Meyer lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake well, and strain into a martini glass. Add a sprig of thyme for garnish.
*Simple syrup: add 1/2 c white sugar and 1/2 cup water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. add the peel (colored part only, no pith) of one Meyer lemon and 2 fresh thyme sprigs to the pot. Turn off the heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain into a clean jar. Cover and put in the fridge. Keeps for 2 weeks in the fridge.
A big thank you goes out to Christa and Shaun at Booze Nerds for recommending Pritchard’s rum!
Please sip responsibly.