What the winter lacks in fresh summer berries, it makes up for in delicious citrus varieties. Clementines, tangerines, tangelos and blood oranges are a few you'll see pop up in stores around this time. In addition, your standard grapefruit, orange, lime and lemon are all in their prime. And with the extra cold temps outside, I like to make fancy cocktails inside. Below are a few bright, punchy drinks using delicious in-season citrus. Cheers!
Blood Orange Gin Fizz
1/4 cup gin | 3 tbsp fresh blood orange juice | 1 tbsp fresh lime juice | 1 tbsp simple syrup | 1 cup ice cubes | 1/4 cup lime la croix
In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, blood orange juice, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake for 30 seconds. Add ice and shake for 30 seconds more. Strain mixture into a glass and top with la croix. (Serves one)
Fizzy Tequila Gimlet
1/4 cup tequila (blanco) | 1/4 cup fresh lime juice | 2 tbsp simple syrup | 1/4 cup lime la croix | 1 cup ice cubes | salt & lime slices for garnish
Salt the rim of your glass and fill with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and extra ice. Shake for 30 seconds. Strain mixture into the glass and top with lime la croix. Garnish with a slice of lime. (Serves one)
1/4 cup fresh clementine juice | 1/2 cup dry champagne | 1 curl clementine peel
Rinse and chill champagne flute in freezer. Pour clementine juice into flute. Fill remainder of glass with champagne. Top with a curl of clementine peel. (Serves one, however recipe can easily be multiplied to serve as many as needed)
A great staple to have on hand. 1 part sugar, 1 part water. (I usually do 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water to make a good sized batch) Mix ingredients in a sauce pan and gently heat while stirring until sugar is fully dissolved. Cool in refrigerator before using. Simple syrup stored in a sterilized container in the refrigerator lasts up to one month.
Citrus Cocktail Party
An extra thought, throw a party with a "make your own citrus cocktail bar." Provide pitchers of fresh squeezed juice, simple syrup, la croix and alcohol, and let your guests concoct their own specialty cocktail. Fun is sure to ensue.