I am deeply in love with the Meyer lemon, that wondrous cross between a regular lemon and a mandarin orange. After years of merely reading about them, the little beauties started showing up here in Memphis, but only in the late winter/early spring. In that regard they're like Girl Scout cookies: scarcity makes you crave them, and binge on them when available. As a Southerner who was raised on sweet tea with lemon, I can say that a wedge of Meyer lemon in said beverage is ten times better.
I've cooked with them, made them into lemonade, eaten them raw, and recently have experimented with them as a superior cocktail ingredient. For the first try I went with an established recipe built on a classic cocktail: the Meyer Lemon Sidecar. 2 parts Brandy, 1 part Cointreau, 1 part Meyer lemon juice. This has a surprisingly spicy quality, and is rich and satisfying. I'd suggest using 2 oz/1 oz/1 oz and splitting it between two people--a little goes a long way.
I decided to make up one of my own... And with the theme of saving money by using seasonal ingredients and the connection to a previous economic downturn, I decided to enter it in MxMo XXXVI: Hard Drinks for Hard Times, hosted by Rowley's Whiskey Forge. (This is sort of like Wine Blogging Wednesday for the cocktail world.)
I don't mean to glorify criminal activity*, but based on the name of the lemon I had to name this after famed Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky. He was born in Russia, so it had to have vodka, and he ran gambling operations in Florida and Cuba, so it had to have rum, he rose to power in the Depression, so it's timely...
Meyer Lansky Cocktail
Juice of 1 Meyer lemon
¾ oz Vodka
¾ oz Rum
½ oz Cointreau
A slow pour of a little pomegranate juice
Once I mixed up the above (just stirred in a glass with ice, the pomegranate juice added last over a spoon so that it would sink to the bottom), I discovered a very pleasant pink grapefruit aroma and taste, so I boosted this with a few drops of grapefruit bitters. Serve in a tall thin glass or a Champagne flute. Beautiful and refreshing, ought to work for a brunch cocktail as well.
The ideal garnish would be a poker chip with a slot sawed into it so you can stick it on the rim of the glass.
*He mainly seemed to be guilty of providing gambling services in states that didn't allow it, doing accounting work for other criminals, and some possible tax problems. He was only convicted in the 50s of a minor gambling charge. Most of us have friends or family members that are guilty of far worse. This wasn't a guy that was going around killing cops or breaking kneecaps.