7 Super-Simple Citrus Cocktails

7 Super-Simple Citrus Cocktails

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Nora Maynard
Jan 30, 2009
With all the fresh, juicy citrus flooding the fruit stands right now, it seems the perfect time to take a look at some quick and simple cocktails powered by Vitamin C. And when we say simple, we mean simple. Each of these classic recipes uses just one kind of freshly-squeezed citrus fruit, and one kind of liquor (okay - and maybe a dash or two of plain old sugar to ease the pucker factor). That’s it. HIGHBALLS Basic Template: These are the quickest and easiest drinks to put together, and their measurements are fairly forgiving. For each of these recipes, just mix an ounce and a half or so of the specified liquor with 3-6 ounces of the specified juice (depending how strong you like things) directly in an ice-filled highball glass. Screwdriver Orange Juice + Vodka For a colorful twist on this old classic, try using blood oranges. Greyhound Grapefruit Juice + Vodka (also works well with Gin) A personal favorite. Rim the glass with salt, Margarita-style, and you have a Salty Dog. Bocce Ball Orange Juice + Amaretto Some kickier recipes add vodka to the mix, but Amaretto and orange alone are quite smooth. Rum and Orange Orange Juice + Dark Rum This one is a kind of streamlined Planter's Punch - which also calls for a blend of tropical juices and/or grenadine syrup and bitters - but just plain rum and orange can be a treat enough in itself. SHAKEN COCKTAILS These lemon and lime-based drinks all belong to the Sours Family of cocktails and include simple syrup (plain old granulated sugar and water - recipe here) in the mix to keep things smooth and balanced. Basic Template: In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 ounces of the specified liquor, 1 ounce of the specified citrus juice, and 1/2 ounce of simple syrup. Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Whiskey or Bourbon Sour Lemon juice + Bourbon or Whiskey + Simple Syrup Another longstanding personal favorite. Optional garnish: maraschino cherry and/or half wheel of orange. Lemon Drop Lemon Juice + Vodka + Simple Syrup This one works especially well with citrus-flavored vodka, but plain vodka will also do just fine. Optional garnish: lemon twist or wedge and a sugar-rimmed glass. Classic Daiquiri Lime Juice + White Rum + Simple Syrup A Caribbean classic. Optional garnish: lime twist or wedge. (More on the story of the Daiquiri here.) Do you have any other favorite simple citrus-based drinks? Related: Cocktail Basics: Citrus Garnishes 6 Ways (Images: Nora Maynard) -Nora
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