So you know how we received that box of gorgeous Meyer lemons from Rustic Garden Bistro? Over the past couple weeks we’ve been devising ways to use them up, so be prepared for a small onslaught of Meyer-lemon-related goodness.
The first thing that came to Michel’s mind was a cocktail he devised when we had some Meyers on hand a few months ago, as a way to actually enjoy drinking Campari. I like it with just a little ice, but M needs to have something added to it to cut the quasi-medicinal taste, often a bit of ginger ale. The sweetness of the Meyer intrigued him as a potential mixer so he emptied the contents of one lemon in his drink and he was finally in love with the liqueur that for me did not require any alteration.
This cocktail recipe is a meeting of the minds, if you will, in enjoying Campari–while not straight, it still has the great bitter, herbal flavors that are mollified by the sweetness of the Meyer lemon–and is a great way to unwind from the day to boot. It’s not the most complicated drink, but it is delicious–the perfect way to start the evening.
- 5-6 ice cubes, divided
- 4 oz Campari, divided
- One Meyer lemon, 2 strips of peel reserved and then the lemon cut in half
Fill two glasses with ice and then add 2 oz of Campari to each glass. Squeeze one half of the lemon into each glass, stir with a spoon, and garnish with a lemon peel. Serve immediately.