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Sparkling Meyer Lemonade with Candied Citrus


Candied lemon slices are easy to make and elevate any citrus-based cocktail. They’re also perfect for garnishing desserts. For this twist on a classic French 75, we used the candied citrus as a garnish and the leftover simple syrup from cooking them in the drink itself.

Serves 1

for the candied meyer lemon slices:

1 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

2 organic meyer lemons, washed, thinly sliced, and seeds removed

for the cocktail:

1 ounce vodka

½ ounce meyer lemon juice

½ ounce meyer lemon simple syrup (the cooking liquid from the candied lemons)

champagne or other sparkling wine

1. To make the candied lemon slices, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. When the sugar has dissolved, add the lemon slices and cook at a gentle simmer for 1 hour. Remove to a cooling rack-lined baking sheet to cool.

2. To make the cocktail, combine vodka, meyer lemon juice, and simple syrup in a champagne flute or similar. Stir to combine the ingredients, then top off with sparkling wine.

3. Garnish with a couple of candied meyer lemon slices.