It’s National Margarita Day on February 22nd! This year I decided to make a delicious Lavender Meyer Lemon Margarita
. Because it you haven’t noticed from some of my other posts – I’m sort of obsessed with lavender lately. And since we know that lemons and lavender pair so well together, the idea of combing the two ingredients into a margarita was way too good to resist.
Meyer lemons are actually a cross between a lemon and a mandarin. If you’ve never tried Meyer lemons before, you should know that they have a slightly sweeter citrus flavor than a regular lemon. Additionally, their appearance differs as well, displaying a deeper, vibrant yellow color. Using fresh citrus juice in your margarita makes all the difference, and I highly recommend investing in a mini juicer. I have had mine for years and use it almost every day. Squeezing them by hand can take a while, so save yourself some time.
This Lavender Meyer Lemon Margarita recipe calls for fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice, a splash of fresh lime juice, along with some blanco tequila, orange curacao and Monin lavender syrup. It’s so delicious. And beautiful. Why not add some chamomile flowers and a salted lavender rim to your drink? It’s all about presentation when serving cocktails. Friends will be impressed, I promise.
So what are you waiting for? If life gives you lemons, skip the lemonade and make margaritas!
Lavender Meyer Lemon Margarita
(makes 1 drink)
2 oz blanco or silver tequila
1 1/2 oz fresh meyer lemon juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz Monin lavender syrup or homemade lavender syrup
1/2 oz orange curacao
kosher salt and lavender buds
chamomile flowers (optional)
On a small plate, add some kosher salt and lavender buds. Mix. Use your finger to spread some of the lemon juice along the side of the glass, then press the rim of the glass into the salt/lavender mixture so it will adhere.
Using a cocktail shaker filled with fresh ice, layer ingredients above. Add top and shake well three times. Remove top and empty contents into glass. Enjoy.