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Valley Lemon Margarita

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Valley Lemon Margarita


When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Well in South Texas when life gives you Valley Lemons you make Margaritas!!


And you also make; lemonade, paletas, marinade, salad dressing and cookies.  But let’s be honest your here for the Margaritas!! I tasted my first Valley lemon when we moved here 2 years ago and have been hooked ever since.  Their juice is sweeter than a regular lemon and the flesh is plump, somewhat like a orange.  At $3.00 a bag which consist of around 9 -10 huge valley lemons they are too good to pass up.  They are a star in my kitchen and hubby enjoys them whole sprinkled with salt.  Don’t worry if Valley lemons are not available in your area, read on for a fun fact.




“Meyer lemon was introduced from China in 1908. While not a true lemon, its fruit are used as a lemon substitute despite being much less acid than true lemons. Its fruit, which are moderately seedy, resemble a large orange in shape, peel color and pulp color. The tree is spreading and relatively small, nearly thornless and more cold tolerant than true lemons. Because of its popularity in south Texas, ‘Meyer’ lemon is known locally as Valley lemon.”

from tamu.edu.com





Valley Lemon Margarita

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: makes 4 -6 ounce margaritas


  • salt
  • valley lemon (meyer) wedges
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1 cup fresh valley lemon (meyer lemon) juice – strained for seeds
  • Splash of agave (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau
  • ice cubes


  1. On a small plate spread salt. With lemon wedges moisten rim of 6 ounce glasses. Dip glasses into salt. Place glasses into freezer to chill.
  2. In a pitcher combine tequila, lemon juice, agave if using and Cointreau. Remove glasses from freezer and serve margaritas mixture over ice. Garnish with lemon slices.


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23 Responses to Valley Lemon Margarita

  1. […] They say when life gives your lemons…make lemonade.  […]

  2. I never knew its called “valley” lemons at South Texas. Always learning something new ;)

    Love your margarita recipes. Always makes me thirsty ;)
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com recently posted..Meyer Lemon & Tahini SpaghettiMy Profile

  3. I am literally drooling right now… omg…. I love meyer lemons and I bet they are FAB in a margarita! I must pick some up before they are all gone :)

  4. With everything at home, I’m off to make myself a pitcher of this delicious margarita! Lovely clicks V! :)
    Baker Street recently posted..Muffin Monday: Ricotta Basil MuffinMy Profile

  5. I so want one right now! Love meyer lemons :)
    Magic of Spice recently posted..Celebrating National Grilled Cheese Month with BreakfastMy Profile

  6. Too bad, I just used my last Meyer lemons;-( I’m saving this recipe and I love the photo!

  7. Have a magical Monday!
    Blond Duck recently posted..Magical Monday 85My Profile

  8. When we can find Meyer lemons here I always buy some. Next time, I’ll try them in this lovely drink!
    Susan recently posted..Brioche Sandwich BunsMy Profile

  9. I never knew Meyer lemons ever went by another name! I use them all the time when I can find them because I love the flavor – it’s so much milder than regular lemons.
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  10. Wow…you have a beautiful site. First time here and loved it.Following you:)
    Nina recently posted..Home Baked Pita Bread with Roasted Garlic Hummus and Baba GanoushMy Profile

  11. Amazing flavours in another fantastic margarita.
    Lia recently posted..Orange and currant Scones / Scones de laranja e groselhas secas para o desafio "Uma receita para ti…"!My Profile

  12. Ha ha ha…I was looking at that first photo while I was reading and thinking, boy a valley lemon looks like a meyer lemon. And then I got to the “description”. Ha! I’m good ;P This looks fantastic! I want two, please.
    Heather @girlichef recently posted..Roasting Garlic in preparation for National Garlic Day 2012 {event announcement}My Profile

  13. I am SO jealous of those beautiful lemons and of the cost of them! I pay $3/pound! Can’t wait for the weather to warm up again here so I start drinking refreshing drinks like this. Beautiful margarita!
    mjskit recently posted..Capellini, Garlic, Lemon and Egg PastaMy Profile

    • $3.00 a pound, wow!! I heard they were high in other states, but never knew how much. I love them and so happy to have them at a great price!!

  14. meyer lemons are seroiusly the best things ever. I’m thinking they’d be IDEAL in margarita form!
    Joanne recently posted..Recipe: White and Dark Chocolate Coconut Macadamia CookiesMy Profile

  15. I posted a meyer lemon margarita on my site a while back, too! I just love your margarita recipes – I never get tired of new ways to try them!
    the wicked noodle recently posted..spanikopitaMy Profile

  16. yes, i’ll definitely take a margarita like this over a silly glass of lemonade. :)
    grace recently posted..happy easter to all…My Profile

  17. Love this fresh and lemony margarita!
    Sanjeeta kk recently posted..Recipe | Cottage Cheese, Orange and Cardamom Flavored No-Bake Cheesecake with Corn flake BaseMy Profile

  18. Yum. What a bright and refreshing sounding margarita!
    yummychunklet recently posted..ffwD: Sardine RillettesMy Profile

  19. Well, nothing to be sad about this happy lemon!
    Belinda @zomppa recently posted..Bull City Food ExchangeMy Profile

  20. What fresh flavors!



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