This recipe for a sidecar is one that uses freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice and was shared with me on the front porch of a friend and fellow Wildflower, Mary of www.fivemarysfarms.com She and her family raise and sell “pastured everything” and if you haven’t the pleasure of raising your own animals, head to her site. Five Marys Farms ships to your door and you’d be supporting the Real McCoy. As she told me, the animals on their ranch (and many, many ranches in America like it) have only one bad day.
In addition to being an outstanding businesswoman turned rancher and friend, she makes a great cocktail. She was kind enough to share her recipe with me after I enjoyed a mason jar full on her porch this summer.
A note about lemons: In your standard grocery store, you will likely be familiar with one or two varieties of lemons: Eureka lemons and potentially you will see (seasonally, probably) Meyer lemons. Eureka lemons are the standard lemon shape that most of us think of (the way a Lab shape is the standard dog shape we think of) and are tart and not as juicy as a Meyer lemon. I like Eureka lemons sliced in my water because they taste and smell more lemony and their strong taste makes tap water far more palatable. Meyer lemons have smoother skin, can be closer to an orange hint in color, and have more juice. They are the lemons you want for this beverage. I live a long, long way from any citrus groves but the wintertime is when I see the Meyers in my grocery store. Seek out Meyers and if there are none to be found, try it with some Eurekas.
To squeeze the lemon juice, I stumbled upon a gem of a company that makes kitchen tools that are compatible with mason jars which I obviously love and am overrun with. They are available for purchase through the rural living friendly Amazon link below!