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.”
- 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
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.
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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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
I never knew its called “valley” lemons at South Texas. Always learning something new 😉
Love your margarita recipes. Always makes me thirsty 😉
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 🙂
Baker Street says
With everything at home, I’m off to make myself a pitcher of this delicious margarita! Lovely clicks V! 🙂
Magic of Spice says
I so want one right now! Love meyer lemons 🙂
Too bad, I just used my last Meyer lemons;-( I’m saving this recipe and I love the photo!
Blond Duck says
Have a magical Monday!
When we can find Meyer lemons here I always buy some. Next time, I’ll try them in this lovely drink!
Jen at The Three Little Piglets says
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.
Wow…you have a beautiful site. First time here and loved it.Following you:)
Amazing flavours in another fantastic margarita.
Heather @girlichef says
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.
Ha, I knew you would catch that….
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!
$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!!
meyer lemons are seroiusly the best things ever. I’m thinking they’d be IDEAL in margarita form!
the wicked noodle says
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!
I saw your margarita, amazing! But you know I love all your recipes. HUGS!!
yes, i’ll definitely take a margarita like this over a silly glass of lemonade. 🙂
Sanjeeta kk says
Love this fresh and lemony margarita!
Yum. What a bright and refreshing sounding margarita!
Belinda @zomppa says
Well, nothing to be sad about this happy lemon!
What fresh flavors!