I am officially a citrus farmer. I just harvested 4 good-sized lemons from my Meyer lemon tree! This is my second attempt at citrus farming, so I’m pretty excited that I finally had some success. Since so many of my favorite cocktails contain lemon juice and simple syrup, I knew right away that I wanted to make a simple syrup with my harvest.

These syrup walks the line between acidic and sweet. I love it and am so looking forward to trying it in a Bee’s Knees, a Cherry Gin Sour, and even the Vermont 75. This would be another awesome holiday gift for neighbors and friends (regardless of whether you grow the lemons yourself or buy them from the store!!)


2 large Meyer lemons
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water


Cut peels off lemons, being careful to avoid the white pith.

Juice the lemons when finished.

Pour water into small saucepan with the peel, add in sugar and lemon juice.

Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Simmer for about 10 minutes, then turn off heat. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes, and then pour into jar or glass bottle.

Stay tuned for a new cocktail recipe this Friday using this magical syrup …