Yes, Meyer lemons are different from true lemons..
Meyer lemons tend to be more orange than yellow in color, particularly when ripe. The skin is thinner than lemons and appears dimply like an orange, similar to a mandarin. These beauties have a lovely fragrance and are less acidic than lemons. They make a beautiful simple syrup and the juice freezes well for future use. Grab Meyer Lemons when you see them as they don’t stay on the shelf long. Locally their availability tends to be early Winter. In season, you can usually find these at our regional Trader Joes.
This Meyer Lemons simple syrup will take cocktails to the next level!
Or pour in the holes of a poke cake use it to sweeten sauces, or add 1T. to 1c. whipping cream for subtle flavor. Mmmmmm, bring summer to your winter!
Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup
- 1c. sugar
- 1c water
- 3 Meyer Lemons, zested
In a 2-3c, saucepan, heat sugar, water and the zest. Bring to a rolling boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and set aside for at least 30 minutes to let the lemon flavor steep in. For stronger flavor leave covered longer, up to an hour. In the meantime, cut the zested lemons in half, place in microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave on high power for about 30 seconds. This will help the juice to flow freely! Cool, juice and set aside. Uncover the hot syrup, strain and discard the zest. Stir in the lemon juice and cool completely. Store in a glass jar. Will keep in fridge for up to 1 month.
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