I had two meyer lemons left from making shortbread yesterday. What better way to use them up than in a cocktail? Yes, great idea. I grabbed some mint from the container box outside, made a small batch of simple syrup and steeped the mint leaves in it for ten minutes. Meyer lemons are sweeter so I used the juice of both lemons (they were small ones), about 1/3 of a cup. I wanted relatively instant gratification, so I used the ice in the glass as part of the water content, allowing a quarter cup of the warm syrup to melt the ice in the glass on its way in, and added a few more cubes to chill it. A splash of vodka and it was a blissful moment. It is the simple things.
For the mint simple syrup:
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup water
15 large mint leaves, ( or 2 sprigs)
In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a full boil. Pour over mint leaves and steep for about 10 minutes. Strain leaves out of syrup and cool. Extra syrup will keep 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
For the minty meyer lemon vodka cocktail :
Pour 1/3 cup of meyer lemon juice, a 1/4 cup of mint simple syrup, 1/4 cup of water, over ice and add a shot of vodka and stir. Garnish with mint sprig.