Meyer Lemon Mint Julep

Meyer Lemon Mint Julep recipe by @beardandbonnet

Quick go grab ALL the Meyer lemons before they are gone because you gotta make this Meyer Lemon Mint Julep stat! 

Meyer Lemon Mint Julep recipe by @beardandbonnet

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.

Meyer Lemon Mint Julep recipe by @beardandbonnet

Our kitchen is usually our date night destination since the kids usually take up the rest of our living spaces with their weekend shenanigans. 

Meyer Lemon Mint Julep recipe by @beardandbonnet

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! 


Meyer Lemon Mint Julep

  • Author: Beard and Bonnet
  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 18 mins
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Cocktail


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

  1. 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

  1. 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.





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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.