Doesn't sippin' in a winter wonderland sound good right about now? With these 3 delicious citrus cocktail recipes, you'll forget about the cold instantly!
Along with excellent flavor, citrus fruits contain vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, magnesium, and other life-giving nutrients your body needs. That's why trying out these citrus cocktail recipes will inject more sunshine into your wintery days.
Citrus fruits have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They also have nutrients that boost heart health. You're doing yourself a favor any time you consume something with citrus in it.
Still, citrus cocktails have something that other citrus drinks lack: alcohol. You might as well get tipsy and enjoy citrus while it's cold outside!
Here are some cocktail recipes that incorporate citrus fruits and juices into the mix.
1. Cosmopolitan With Fresh Lime Juice
A cosmopolitan is a classic "pink drink" that'll perk you up for the holidays. If you've tried citrus vodka fruit cocktail recipes before, please know this: you haven't truly experienced a cosmopolitan until you've had one with fresh lime juice.
For this recipe, you'll need 1/4 fluid ounce of lime juice. Fresh Persian lime juice is the best type of lime juice to use for this drink.
Mix the lime juice with 1 1/4 fluid ounces of vodka, 1/4 fluid ounce of cranberry juice, and 1/4 fluid ounce of triple sec by using a cocktail shaker. Add a cup of ice, then cover and shake the concoction until it's chilled. Strain the cocktail as you serve it in a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lime wedge.
2. Spiked Mint Lemonade or Limeade
If you're looking for citrus vodka cocktail recipes to enjoy during the day, here's our gift to you: a recipe for hard mint lemonade/limeade.
You'll need to quarter 4 limes or lemons and remove all seeds to complete this recipe. Meyer lemons are especially ideal for this citrus cocktail recipe. You'll also need a medium-sized bunch of mint leaves.
Blend your quartered lemons/limes with 2 cups of water, ice, half of the mint leaves, and as much sugar as you like. Don't finish blending until the blender has crushed the limes or lemons. The resulting mixture will have foam and a white-ish color.
After you strain the lemonade/limeade, add 6 more cups of water. Then add anywhere from 8 to 16 ounces of vodka to the juice. Garnish the drinks with mint leaves.
3. Smoky Orange Mezcal Margarita
Cut 1 lime into wedges, then rub the rim of a cocktail glass with it. (Save the rest of the slices for garnishes.) After that, rub the rim in salt and juice the other lime along with your oranges.
Use a shaker to mix the juices, 1/2 cup of mezcal, 1/4 cup of orange liqueur, and 2 teaspoons of agave nectar. Shake well and serve with lime wedge garnishes.
Stay Warm With Citrus Cocktail Recipes
According to a recent study, Americans are drinking more alcohol than ever. Try these citrus cocktail recipes to relax and chase away the winter blues. It's about time people started recognizing that citrus and alcohol go just as well together as wine and cheese do.