Meyer Lemon Margarita – A Twist On A Simple Margarita Recipe

Meyer Lemons add a twist to a simple margarita recipe giving it a little bit of sweetness but with the same burst of citrus flavour every margarita is known for.  No need to have simple syrup on hand just Tequila, Triple Sec, a bag of Meyer Lemons and salt and sugar to rim the glass.

A great patio drink for the summer!  Warning – these go down really well so drink responsibly.  Recipe testing was a hard job and had me going no where for the day!

Shot of a Simple Margarita Recipe made with fresh Meyer Lemons in a margarita glass rimmed with salt, sugar and lemon zest.

Margaritas are  a favourite of many people all year round and are particularly popular in the summer.  I find that the traditional margarita recipe is just too sour for me so when I had a bag of Meyer lemons that I know I need to use up I got the bright idea to substitute the lime juice for the Meyer lemon juice.

The result … I think I have found my new summer go to cocktail recipe!  Slightly sweet with the same citrus flavour margaritas are known for.  This recipe is perfect to go alongside these Baja Fish Tacos or with this Cuban Pork Tenderloin.

How to Make a Meyer Lemon Margarita

A simple margarita recipe without any fuss.  Zest the lemons, juice the lemons.  pour  into a cocktail shaker with ice along with the triple sec and tequila.  Shake, serve in a rimmed margarita glass.

Doesn’t get any easier than that!

What is the difference between a Meyer Lemon and a regular Lemon?

Meyer lemons are slightly smaller and rounder than a regular lemon and are thought to be a cross between a lemon and a tangerine or mandarin orange.  They are a little sweeter than a regular lemon so are great for salad dressings and cocktails.  So sweet in fact some people eat Meyer lemons just like an orange.

Meyer lemons were first introduced to the United States from Beijing, China, in the early 20th century by Frank Meyer.  Hence the name.  Check out this article for more on Meyer lemons.

What to substitute for Meyer Lemons if you can’t find them

To replace the juice (or zest) of 1 Meyer lemon, simply swap in the juice (…or zest) of equal parts tangerine and lemon  juice or zest.  Because tangerines and lemons are different sizes it is important to measure in parts like 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp tangerine juice because with the different size fruits the juice of one lemon may be more than the juice of 1 tangerine.

Two simple margaritas using the juice of Meyer Lemons in margarita glasses rimmed with salt, sugar and lemon zest.

Meyer Lemon Margarita Recipe

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Two simple margaritas using the juice of Meyer Lemons in margarita glasses rimmed with salt, sugar and lemon zest.
Meyer Lemon Margarita - A Twist on a Simple Margarita Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Meyer Lemons add a twist to a simple margarita recipe adding a little bit of sweetness to the citrus flavour and salty rim margaritas are known for!

Course: Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cocktail Recipes, Cocktails, Meyer Lemon Margarita, Simple Margarita Recipe, Tequila
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 297 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 Meyer Lemons juiced; two of them zested
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 4 oz Agave or Reposado Tequila
  • 4 oz Triple Sec (Cointreau)
  • 1 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Zest two of the lemons to make about 1 tbsp lemon zest

  2. In a small bowl add sea salt, sugar and lemon zest and mix.  Place on a shallow plate.  Wet the rim of each margarita glass and rim glasses by placing glass upside down into sugar/salt mixture.

  3. Juice all 4 of the Meyer Lemons over a seive to ensure no seeds get into liquid.

  4. In a large cocktail shaker add 1 cup of ice cubes, 4 oz Meyer Lemon Juice, 4 oz of Cointreau and 4 oz of Tequila.  Cover and shake well with ice to cool.  Gently pour into margarita glasses keeping ice out.  Serve with a garnish of lemon and cilantro if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Meyer Lemon Margarita - A Twist on a Simple Margarita Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cocktail)
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2g 0%
Sodium 149mg 6%
Potassium 69mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 4.8g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%
Sugars 5.7g
Protein 0.3g 1%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 thoughts on “Meyer Lemon Margarita – A Twist On A Simple Margarita Recipe

    1. Hi Michelle, You might be surprised by Meyer Lemons. They are much sweeter sort of a cross between a lemon and a clementine.

  1. Excellent recipe! One note: where you wrote 4 oz Agave or Reposado Tequila, I thought it prudent to mention all real tequila will be 100% blue agave, specifically from Jalisco, Mexico.

    The best mixers for cocktails are indeed the reposados. Blancos are often great to use for margarita type drinks as well.

    Source: am tequila fiend.

    1. Thanks! I went to a tequila tasting and you are right all tequila is from the agave plant. I will update this. Thanks!

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