Meyer Lemon Margaritas

When life (Costco) gives you Meyer lemons, make margaritas…


  • 1 1/2 cups Meyer lemon tequila (see recipe below. But I don’t have four days; I used just plain old tequila)
  • 1 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice (4 to 5 lemons)
  • 3/4 cup triple sec
  • 1/2 cup Meyer lemon simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • 6 cups ice cubes
  • 8 lemon twists, to garnish

Start to finish: 2 hours (10 minutes active)

Servings: 8

In a pitcher, combine the tequila, lemon juice, triple sec and simple syrup. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

When ready to serve, fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice and pour in 1 cup of the margarita mixture. Shake, strain into two 6-ounce martini glasses and garnish each with a twist. Repeat for the remaining margaritas.



Start to finish: 4 days (10 minutes active)

Makes one 750-milliliter bottle

  • 8 Meyer lemons
  • 750-milliliter bottle 100 percent blue agave blanco tequila

Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest (colored layer of skin only) from the lemons in large strips. Place the zest in a large glass jar, then add the tequila and cover tightly. Let stand for 4 days to allow the flavors to blend, tipping the jar back and forth a couple times a day.

Strain out the zest, and the tequila is ready to use. Stored in a glass container or its original bottle, it will keep its vibrant color for 1 to 2 months.




Start to finish: 15 minutes

Makes 1 cup

  • 2 Meyer lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest (colored layer of skin only) from the lemons in large strips.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the zest, sugar and water, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Let the mixture reach a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Strain out and discard the zest. Cover and refrigerate until needed. Keeps for several weeks.

Source: Rick Bayless and Deann Groen Bayless’ ”Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles and Snacks,” W. W. Norton & Company, 2012

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