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Did you know Meyer lemons are regular lemons crossed with Mandarin oranges? Well, now you do!

Did you know Meyer lemons are regular lemons crossed with Mandarin oranges? Well, now you do!

 

Quenching a thirst

If you knew me, you’d know I live on diet soda. It is a bad, bad habit and one I try, however feebly, to break. So today, I was sitting at home staring at the computer thinking “gosh, I’m thirsty”. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that I was on diet soda number two and it was not yet 10 a.m. For some reason, I also thought “wouldn’t lemonade be tasty?”. Which is an odd thing for me cause usually I’m an iced tea person (and that’s my NEW addiction – the one I’m using to wean myself off the diet drinks).

Well, lo-and-behold, I just HAPPENED to have four Meyer lemons sitting around, begging to be used. Having never even made regular lemonade, and still being glued to the computer screen, I Googled up a recipe. I made a few modifications, tossed in a sprig of Rosemary for good measure and poured it over ice in my favorite “Wedding Registry” glasses (the ones we don’t dare use for every day). 

Why are Meyer lemons so dang special anyway?

Meyer lemons are regular lemons crossed with, I believe, Mandarin oranges.  So they are sweeter and quite a bit less tart than regular lemons. They can even be described as “floral” tasting. And they have thinner skins which means you can pretty much eat them peel and all.  

Saying that, I don’t know if they make the best lemonade. I like my lemonade very tart. Shoot, vinegar is my favorite condiment if that tells you anything about my sensibilities. Meyer lemonade is kinda wussy. But maybe, you might like that kind of thing.

Meyer Lemonade

Meyer Lemonade

Meyer Lemonade

Ingrediants

4 Meyer Lemons

some sugar for sprinkling over lemon zest

1/2 cup Simple Syrup

1 Qt cold water

Steps

  • Zest the lemons. Put the zest aside and cover with a sprinkling of sugar.
  • Juice the lemons into your pitcher
  • Add the zest to the pitcher
  • Add the simple syrup
  • Add the water and stir
  • Serve over ice
  • Add an herb sprig to be festive

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