Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Bean Bourbon Smash

Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Bean Bourbon Smash | www.foxeslovelemons.com

You guys didn’t think I would just throw down a Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake and then forget about Meyer lemons, did you? Not even close. I’ve been putting them in nearly everything, including some Meyer lemon bars with a special crust – that recipe coming up this Sunday! However, my stash of Meyers is dwindling and I’m OK with saying goodbye to them for another year. But, I had to make a quick cocktail first.

Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Bean Bourbon Smash | www.foxeslovelemons.com

My original plan was to make Meyer Lemon Old Fashioneds, but my friend Susan beat me to it. She did such a beautiful job that I didn’t want to compete. What else could I make with Meyers and bourbon? I had a few extra vanilla beans around, so I decided a quick vanilla bean simple syrup would be a lovely complement to the tart sweetness of the lemons. You can keep a batch of this syrup in the fridge for up to a month, to be used in all sorts of cocktails and desserts, as well as this Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Bean Bourbon Smash. Cheers!

Update: On 11/6/14, this recipe was chosen as a Community Pick in Food52′s “Your Best Cocktail” contest and professionally photographed by Mark Weinberg:

Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Bean Bourbon Smash | www.foxeslovelemons.com

Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Bean Bourbon Smash

Ingredients:

For the Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup:



  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise and scraped

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup water


For the Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Bean Bourbon Smash (1 cocktail):



  • 1/4-inch-thick slice of Meyer lemon

  • Ice

  • 2 ounces bourbon

  • 1 ounce Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

  • 4 dashes orange bitters

  • Club soda


Directions:


  1. Make Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup: In small saucepan, combine vanilla bean, sugar and water. Simmer over medium heat 5 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; let stand at room temperature until completely cool. Remove vanilla bean and discard. Transfer syrup to airtight container and refrigerate up to 1 month.

  2. Make Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Bean Bourbon Smash: In rocks glass, muddle lemon slice. Add ice, bourbon, Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup and bitters; stir. Top drink off with club soda.


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