Born and bred Texan over here. Love it to death and can’t imagine residing anywhere else, but we are nearing the end of January and still I find myself daydreaming of snowy days and crackling fires. I just can’t help but wish for a little winter weather that might hold below 50°…at least through the “prime time” winter months. No such luck. Central Texas can prove itself to be a teensy bit disappointing when it comes to the whole “change of seasons” thing.
Now, if are looking at the glass half empty, this is a total bummer for a foodie who finds joy in coordinating meals alongside seasonal produce and weather changes. Sometimes, however, we’ve just got to look on the bright side, roll with the punches and find ourselves a happy medium. This is where my Meyer Lemon Cooler comes in. Meyer lemons are not only in season right now, but they’re also incredibly refreshing. A cool weather crop, made into a cocktail suitable for an unseasonably warm winter. Now that’s my kind of compromise. Please, enjoy.
- Juice of 1 Meyer lemon about 2 ounces
- 6 strawberries hulled
- 2 teaspoons Caster superfine sugar
- 1 ounce Gin
- 1/2 ounce St. Germaine an Elderflower liqueur
- 1/2 ounce Orange Liqueur
- 2 ounces cold water
- Meyer lemon wedge or strawberry for garnish
Have ready a rocks glass filled with ice.
Add juice, strawberries and caster sugar to a cocktail shaker and muddle until the strawberries are crushed. Add the gin, St. Germaine, orange liqueur, and water. Place the lid securely on the shaker and vigorously shake for at least 30 seconds. Strain the cocktail and garnish with a lemon wedge or strawberry, if desired.
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