I long ago fell in love with the clean, crisp, sweet taste of Meyer lemons. And recently, Mexican foods guru Rick Bayless reminded me why.
The Meyer lemon (named for Frank Meyer, who discovered them over 100 years ago) is a cross between a lemon and possibly some variety of orange. Thin-skinned, they often mature to a yellow-orange color and are slightly less acidic than common lemons. That makes it easier to appreciate the vibrant taste of these lemons.
And I'm particularly fond of using them in drinks. That's just one reason I've fallen in love with Bayless' new cookbook, "Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles and Snacks." In it, he has a recipe for Meyer lemon margaritas that uses tequila infused with the zest of the lemons.
Besides the creative recipes, Bayless provides two recipes for every margarita - a single-serve cocktail and a pitcher version. And I thought the latter would be just perfect to get a Super Bowl watching party going. Not only is it a fun drink, but the tangy lemon flavor is perfect for cutting through all the rich, heavy foods we usually eat during the big game.
Meyer Lemon Margarita
•1 1/2 cups Meyer lemon tequila
•1 cup fresh lemon juice (4 to 5 lemons)
•3/4 cup triple sec
•1/2 cup simple syrup
•6 cups ice cubes
•8 lemon twists, to garnish
In a pitcher, combine the tequila, lemon juice, triple sec and simple syrup. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
To serve, fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice and pour 1 cup margarita mixture. Shake, strain into two 6-ounce martini glasses and garnish each with a twist. Repeat for remaining margaritas.