Meyer Lemon Margarita

Before heading off on a long trip, some friends of ours dropped off a few things from their fridge. Among the booty: Meyer lemons. As someone who enjoys giving purpose to over-the-hill food, I loved finding ways to use up all they had given us… except the Meyer lemons. I actually love Meyer lemons, but since they’re sweeter than the more common varieties (they’re actually a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange) I couldn’t use them for my recipe development.

So there they sat in the produce bin for weeks until it was finally time to toss them. As I was walking from the fridge to the garbage disposal, I suddenly got inspired. (Nothing like the end to motivate!) If these were limes, what would I do? Create a drink, of course! And what’s a lime-based drink we love? The Margarita! It worked. Since Meyer lemons are mildly tart with a hint of sweetness, they make a great margarita.

So now you know the backstory for Meyer Lemon Margarita.

I was at the store last night and paid forty cents apiece for limes. For recipes that call for lot of lime juice (as with a margarita), it’s nice to know there’s another option.

Meyer Lemon Margarita
Serves: 2
  • ⅓ cup tequila
  • ⅓ cup Meyer lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup Cointreau
  • Kosher salt (optional)
  • Ice cubes
  1. Mix tequila, lemon juice, and Cointreau in a liquid measuring cup. For optional salted rims, rub 2 rocks glass rims with one of the lemon shells to moisten and dip in salt if desired; fill glasses with ice.  Pour margarita mix into prepared glasses and serve.


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  1. Mary Craig says

    Will definitely try this!

    Here is a great idea when your citrus is reaching it’s “use by” date – I juice them and freeze them in ice cube trays and use them in drinks. I LOVE a lime ice cube as the foundation for a vodka tonic! Also good with seltzer, Coke, or lemonade.

  2. Patty Ann says

    The first time I bought Meyer lemons it was a bagful of over a dozen. They were so beautiful I sat them in a bowl on the windowsill and looked at them for a week – even took a pic. I made Lemon Bars ( Pam -your recipe) with them and people just raved. There is a difference – a good one. Three in the fridge now – which will become Margaritas this weekend. Thank you.

  3. says

    So glad you found a use for the Meyer lemons; they are too good for the trash! I just did a post using blood oranges for a margarita; because they have such a short season (and because I love this cocktail), I’m buying a bunch of them tomorrow to juice and freeze. Both Meyer Lemons and Blood Oranges are so amazing…I could see a party serving both. Yes…we could pretend spring is here!

  4. says

    Thanks for letting me know about your margarita, Barbara. It’s beautiful. For those who are interested, here’s the link:

  5. says

    This sounds great! I have a bag of meyer lemons I bought last week sitting in the fridge. I’ve never tasted meyer lemons or seen them until recently. I think a margarita sounds like the perfect way to be try them for the very first time!

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