Quick go grab ALL the Meyer lemons before they are gone because you gotta make this Meyer Lemon Mint Julep stat!
With 2 very active kids we don’t get the opportunity to go out on dates as often as we would like, but Todd and I try to get creative and spend quality time whenever we can at home.
Our kitchen is usually our date night destination since the kids usually take up the rest of our living spaces with their weekend shenanigans.
We dish up our favorite meals, fun cocktail creations and great conversation all in the comfort of our tiny galley kitchen! The only thing missing is a wait staff and a decent dishwasher! (We tried to have our kids fill those roles once and it didn’t quite pan out the way we had imagined.)It’s ok though, we have each other and in between the occasional fort building session and One Direction teen girl freak out fest we make it work. Honestly, I don’t think I would have it any other way!Print
No Meyer lemons on hand? Try this recipe with oranges and orange bitters instead!
For the Meyer lemon simple syrup
- Zest from 2 Meyer lemons, removed in strips with a vegetable peeler
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
For the cocktails
- 1/2 of a Meyer lemon, cut in half again
- 1/4 cup mint sprigs (about a small handful )
- 2 ounces Meyer lemon simple syrup
- Meyer lemon bitters
- 4 ounces bourbon
- ice, preferably small cubes or crushed
- mint for garnish
Make the syrup
- Bring the Meyer lemon zest, sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool, cover and chill for at least 2 hours. Strain into a small jar or bowl and discard the zest.
Make the cocktails
- For each cocktail place 1 wedge of Meyer lemon, 1/2 of the mint sprigs, 1 ounce Meyer lemon simple syrup and a few dashes of bitters in a double Old Fashioned glass. Muddle well to release juices. Then add 2 ounces of bourbon to each glass and stir to combine. Fill the glasses with ice and garnish with mint.