We’re all excited to leave winter behind and welcome spring entertaining and patio season; what better way to kick off Spring than with refreshing citrus cocktails? Sunkist has partnered with expert Canadian Mixologist (and General Manager of the new Anthony Rose restaurant, Bar Begonia) Oliver Stern to show us how to incorporate trending seasonal citrus varietals into crowd-pleasing cocktails. Here are a couple of Spring Citrus Cocktail Recipes that will be sure to please you and your guests!
1 ounce blood orange juice
½ ounce jalapeño infused tequila
½ ounce mezcal
¾ ounce Italian aperitif
¾ ounce Italian digestif
Pinch of salt
Dehydrated blood orange wheel
Directions: Measure the blood orange juice, jalapeño infused tequila, mezcal, Italian apéritif, Italian digestif and salt into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, cap and shake. Pour into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a dried blood orange wheel.
**Did you know? Blood Oranges get their name from the maroon colour of their interior, which can vary in intensity. They offer a distinct, rich orange taste with a hint of fresh raspberry and are available in stores across Canada from December until mid-April.
1 ounce tangelo juice
1 ounce gin
½ ounce grenadine
Bar spoon of pastis
3 ounces sparkling wine
1 dehydrated tangelo wheel
Directions: Measure the tangelo juice, gin, grenadine and pastis into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, cap and shake. Pour into a coupe glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a dried tangelo wheel.
**Did you know? A cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine, tangelos are exceptionally juicy with a bold, tangy flavor and available in stores across Canada mid-December through April!