When Maggie reached out last week to see if we would be interested in sampling a preserved lemon syrup from Morris Kitchen, the polite thing to do was say, YES! I have been dying to get an opportunity to introduce Morris Kitchen to our liquor cabinet, ever since reading about their spicy ginger syrup. Visions of spicy cocktails are still swirling around my head.
Morris Kitchen is the brain child behind brother and sister duo, Tyler and Kari Morris. They believe the same thing we do; the best food is fresh and local. Tyler has been cooking in kitchens, from Sonoma all the way to New Year, for the past thirteen years. Kari has a background in art but is savvy around the restaurant business, as well. Together, they knew what was missing from the foodie scene, a simple syrup made with innovative flavors such as ginger and preserved lemon.
When I read about the hints of cardamon and pink peppercorn that would be in a bottle of preserved lemon syrup, I instantly thought of Mezcal. It did seem a little odd to break out Mezcal in the middle of “winter”, but what the heck, it’s fun to be a little dangerous in the kitchen. I found some gorgeous Mary Ellen limes at the market, and I plucked some Meyer Lemons from our yard, I just knew they would be a great addition, and off I went. As soon as I unscrewed the cap to the syrup, I could smell sunshine. Slightly floral with a hint of the sea. I really enjoyed the subtle taste of salt that lingered on my tongue after the first sample; there would be no need to salt the rims of our glasses. The smoky Mezcal was perfect with salty citrus; slightly tart and slightly salty. It was a perfect marriage: sweet Mary Ellen limes holding hands with smokey Mezcal.
Nice way to spend a lazy Saturday; don’t you agree?
Preserved Lemon Cocktail
Makes two cocktails
- 4 ounces of Meyer Lemon Juice
- 2 ounces of Mary Ellen Lime Juice (or use regular limes)
- 3 ounces Mezcal
- 1 ounce Morris Kitchen Preserved Lemon Syrup
- 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
- Lemon slices, for garnish
- Juice fresh lemons and limes for this cocktail; makes a huge difference.
- In a shaker, filled 1/4 of the way with ice cubes, add all ingredients. Shake like crazy.
- Pour over ice in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.
- Serve. Drink.
All photos styled and shot by Denise Woodward.
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