March 20, 2022

Winter Into Spring

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Say farewell to winter and hello to Spring with this Meyer Lemon Bourbon Sour recipe that’s bound to give you all the springtime feels!
A golden yellow-colored Bourbon cocktail displayed in a vintage coupe glass and garnished with a fancy lemon twist, sitting on a white, square agate coaster, with a vase of yellow and white spring flowers in the background

It’s a stunning last day of winter here in Georgia. The sun is shining. The air is cool. And everywhere you look there are beautiful signs of Spring. Winter appears to be making her chilly exit with grace as cheerful sights of a new season bring freshness and a renewed sense of hope.

So as we here in the Northern Hemisphere prepare to emerge from our wintertime hibernation, I wanted to make a drink that not only bids a proper adieu to Winter and gives a warm welcome to Spring, but one that showcases the delicate deliciousness of meyer lemons. In season from winter to spring, meyer lemons are one of my all-time favorite citrus fruits, and this year I am so excited to be enjoying my very first homegrown crop of them!

Compared to regular lemons, the juice of meyer lemons is sweeter and less acidic, and their rinds offer a bit of spiciness that the rind of regular lemons doesn’t have. Because of this, they are particularly suited for cocktails as their juice offers a distinct lemony goodness without the need for too much additionally sweetness, and their unique spiciness adds a bit of depth to any drink.

Using a classic sour recipe I opted for Bourbon as the base in this Meyer Lemon Sour, and the result is one that I think puts meyer lemon on the pedestal that it deserves!

(Thank you to my friend, Monika, for allowing me to blatantly steal this drink name she suggested!)

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A golden yellow-colored Bourbon cocktail displayed in a vintage coupe glass and garnished with a fancy lemon twist, sitting on a white, square agate coaster, with a vase of yellow and white spring flowers in the background

Winter Into Spring

Say farewell to winter and hello to Spring with this Meyer Lemon Bourbon Sour recipe that’s bound to give you all the springtime feels!

Yields:

1 Drink

Ingredients:

2 oz Bourbon

1 ¼ oz Meyer Lemon Juice*

½ oz Simple Syrup

1 Egg White

Pinch of Meyer Lemon Zest

Garnish: Meyer Lemon Twist

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and vigorously dry-shake (without ice). Add ice and shake again until well-chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass of your choice and garnish with a lemon twist.

RECIPE NOTE:

If you don’t have access to meyer lemons you can certainly make this drink with regular lemon juice! Just cut the lemon juice back a bit. I suggest 1 oz for a tarter drink, ¾ oz for a sweeter one.

A golden yellow-colored Bourbon cocktail displayed in a vintage coupe glass and garnished with a fancy lemon twist, sitting on a white, square agate coaster, with a vase of yellow and white spring flowers in the background

Winter Into Spring

Say farewell to winter and hello to Spring with this Meyer Lemon Bourbon Sour recipe that’s bound to give you all the springtime feels!

Yields:

1 Drink

Ingredients:

2 oz Bourbon

1 ¼ oz Meyer Lemon Juice*

½ oz Simple Syrup

1 Egg White

Pinch of Meyer Lemon Zest

Garnish: Meyer Lemon Twist

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and vigorously dry-shake (without ice). Add ice and shake again until well-chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass of your choice and garnish with a lemon twist.

RECIPE NOTE:

If you don’t have access to meyer lemons you can certainly make this drink with regular lemon juice! Just cut the lemon juice back a bit. I suggest 1 oz for a tarter drink, ¾ oz for a sweeter one.

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