Homemade Meyer Lemonade is naturally sweet, delicious, and so easy to make at home.
I had every intention of posting a regular Sunday cocktail this week. But when faced with a bag of meyer lemons on sale, and temperatures in Boston creeping up to 50 (and even flirting with 60), I made Meyer Lemonade instead. Actually, make that Meyer Lemonade with Mint.
I imagine most everyone is familiar with the magical goodness of meyer lemons. If you’re not, they are essentially a slightly sweeter lemon and are thought to be a cross between a mandarin orange and a regular lemon. Which makes them kind of perfect for lemonade- you don’t have to add as much sugar but it’ll still taste lemony delicious! Making Meyer Lemonade is fairly straightforward, just juice some meyer lemons and add some water and sweetener. But because I wanted something a little different, I first made a mint infused simple syrup to add just a slight hint of mint. This would likely be delicious with a basil or rosemary simple syrup as well. It’s light, it’s refreshing, and it tastes like sunny days are up ahead. Just wait and see.
Makes: 5-6 cups
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves (optional)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed meyer lemon juice
- 4 cups of water
- mint simple syrup to taste
To make the mint simple syrup
Add the water, sugar, and mint to a small saucepan and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Let the simple syrup cool. Keep the mint leaves in until ready to use, then strain.
To make meyer lemonade
Add the meyer lemon juice and water to a pitcher and stir well. Add ¼ cup of simple syrup, stir well and then add additional simple syrup to taste. You will likely not need all of the syrup. Garnish with slices of lemon and mint leaves if desired.
It’s easy to booze this up for a delicious cocktail. Try ¾ oz vodka, ½ oz aperol, lemonade, a splash of grenadine and a cocktail cherry for a tasty drink.
Feel free to leave out the mint.