Monday, January 30, 2012

Meyer Moon

A White Lady should be drunk by the light of the moon.
Four White Ladies should be drunk by the light of two moons.
—Cornelia Otis Skinner, The Importance of Cocktails

A friend was talking about making limoncello, and I mentioned that a Meyer lemon version might be interesting. As it happened, a bag of the things suddenly arrived in her produce box. So with the promise that I’d have a drink recipe for her, she got to work.

In the meantime, I got the peeled fruit, and decided to make White Ladies. The White Lady cocktail is a hard drink to order. For one thing, the bartender might not know this classic. And someone nearby is sure not to know, and might think a guy’s spoiling for a fight. Besides, I have to say that for something fairly boozy, the flavor’s a little mild for me most of the time. Similar drinks like the Sidecar or the Aviation have more complexity or bite. So it’s nice to punch it up a little—and avoid getting punched by calling it something else.

Assertive gin usually helps when remixing the White Lady, so I brought out the Botanivore, an herbaceous St. George gin which has plenty of personality to stand up to the tangerine-like spice of the Meyer lemon.

Meyer Moon
  • 2 oz Botanivore gin
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz Meyer lemon juice
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Meyer lemon twist.


  1. I made Meyerlimoncello about a year ago. Pretty good... intriguing... but not as good as the normal stuff, I think. Then again, I'm no champion for Meyer lemons.

    I've gotten pretty wild with the -cello variations. I'm hoping to post about it as soon as summer starts this year.

    1. I had to get used to Meyers. Looking forward to what comes of the sample I’ll get of the Meyer limoncello.

  2. I figured DJHS woudl have somethign to say about Meyer lemons...

    It's funny to imagine a bag of them making a sudden, almost magical, appearance.

    1. Hopefully the inspiration for the promised drink will arrive in a similar manner.


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