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Sippin' in the Summer Sun: The Best Citrus Cocktails for the Summer

The Best Citrus Cocktails for the Summer

Citrus cocktails pair perfectly with summer weather. Check out these citrus cocktail recipes to discover the best citrus cocktails to enjoy this summer!

As summer approaches, you probably fancy a summer cocktail in the garden.

If you want to enjoy some sippin' in the summer sun, you should go for a citrus cocktail. The combination of warm summer sunshine with the sweet and sour flavors of a citrus cocktail is perfect.

Here are some of the most delicious and refreshing citrus cocktails to try out this summer. Let's get started below!

1. Citrus Rye and Ginger

This is a classic drink that makes you close your eyes and wince but in a pleasant way! This is a great sharing cocktail.

Put together a jug of ice with rye and ginger ale. You can finish off the drink with a squeeze of the juice from a lime.  

2. Orange Champagne Punch Bowl

This is a citrus bonanza!

Orange, lemon, or lime? It's not always easy to determine which is your preferred choice of citrus for your cocktail.

The orange champagne punch bowl is perfect for citrus lovers who can't make up their minds. Add orange, lemon and lime juice together. Pick orange juice to comprise the bulk of the punch bowl.

Now you can decide whether you want champagne or prosecco. Both taste great. It just depends on how much you want to spend and preferences.

When you serve this cocktail in flutes or tumblers, you can garnish it with a twist of orange on the side of the glass. 

3. Limoncello Gin Martini 

Are you ready to experience an Italian summer? Imagine yourself relaxing in the warm Mediterranian sun while you sip your cocktail.

This Limoncello Gin Martini packs a zesty punch. Just mix the ingredients of lemon juice syrup and gin together in a shaker. Add ice as well.

Then, shake well and strain into a martini glass. You can decorate the cocktail after with a wedge of lemon.

4. Lemon Iced Tea Cocktail

Lemon iced tea is a wonderful and refreshing drink for the afternoon sunshine. Treat yourself by turning your ice tea into a cocktail. Before you prepare the drink, make sure to add plenty of ice!

Mix the iced tea, lemon juice, and vodka together in a shaker. Then, strain the mixture into a glass. If you can get your hands on a bottle of lemon-flavored vodka, you can add an extra citrusy flavor to the drink.  

5. Key Lime Martini 

Who doesn't love key lime pie? Well, you need to try a Key Lime Martini. It's essentially drinking your favorite dessert.

Start with the martini glass. Cover the rim of the glass with corn syrup. Mix together key lime juice with Cointreau, more syrup and thick cream.

The special ingredient in this cocktail is cake vodka. Ordinary vodka won't give the cocktail the same dessert and flavor experience.

Enjoy These Citrus Cocktails This Summer

Next time you're ready to enjoy the summer weather, remember these citrus cocktails ideas. From Key Lime Martini to Orange Champagne punch, there's something for everyone. 

Dive into our citrus blog for more great citrus recipe ideas!

Do you want to be able to prepare your citrus cocktails with your own fresh, natural citrus, whether grown indoors or outdoors in your garden? Check out our citrus trees for sale here from US Citrus and delivered straight to your door!

Sippin' On Citrus: 5 Tasty Citrus Cocktail Recipes

5 Tasty Citrus Cocktail Recipes

Citrus fruits aren't just for eating, they're also for drinking! Read on to learn about five tasty and refreshing citrus cocktails that will keep you sipping!

Use your citrus fruits to the best of their abilities! Sometimes the day calls for a tasty citrus cocktail instead of taking a bite out of an orange. 

Getting plenty of citrus in your diet can include recipes with the many varieties of citrus fruits.

But when it's time for refreshments, here's how we enjoy some of our favorite citrus cocktails.

1. Gimme a Gimlet

The gimlet is simple, yet delicious. 

You need only three ingredients for the perfect Gimlet: vodka (or gin), simple syrup, and lime. 

Start with two ounces of gin or vodka. Add one ounce of lime and one ounce of simple syrup. 

Traditionally served on the rocks, the gimlet is a refreshing and simple cocktail.

2. Hand Me a Harvey Wallbanger

Sticking with another simple citrus drink, the Harvey Wallbanger delivers.

There's some debate over how this drink earned its name. Folklore points to its namesake as a surfer in the 1950s by the name of Tom Harvey. 

Despite the mystery, the drink has stood the citrus vodka drink test of time. 

You'll start with fresh squeezed orange juice and with vodka in a tall glass with ice. Then add the third special ingredient: Galliano. 

It's an Italian herbal liqueur filled with vanilla and anise. The Galliano floats on top for the finishing touch.

3. Make Me a Margarita

Did you forget that your favorite a margarita is a citrus cocktail? Lime juice is a key ingredient. 

For the perfectly blended margarita, mix 1.5 ounces of tequila with one ounce of lime juice and half an ounce of Triple Sec. 

Enjoy your citrus beverage frozen or on the rocks! 

4. Serve Me a Citrus Rye and Ginger

Sit and chat a spell with friends and a glass of citrus rye and ginger. 

You'll sip this one slowly, but it's worth every puckery sip. 

Take two ounces of your favorite rye whiskey and pour over ice. Add one ounce of fresh lime juice and one ounce of ginger ale. 

Stir, serve, sip, and enjoy. 

5. Pass Me a Paloma

This cocktail gives grapefruit a chance to shine.

When mixed well, it's a delightful drink worthy of its namesake. Paloma means "dove" in Spanish. 

In a tall glass, mix two ounces of tequila with half an ounce of lime juice. Add three ounces of unsweetened grapefruit juice, half an ounce of simple syrup, then top with club soda. 

Stir everything well, then enjoy. Garnish with salt around the rim for an extra bit of flavor. 

Mix it Up With Citrus Cocktails 

If you're bored with eating your citrus fruits every day, mix it up with some citrus cocktails. 

Use these recipes to mix something new and enjoy your citrus fruits in another way. But as with any alcoholic cocktail, be sure you mix and drink responsibly.

What about enjoying some of the less common citrus fruits? Not every citrus fruit is perfect for a cocktail.

For example, if you grow your own kumquats, check out our article about seven amazing ways to enjoy your kumquats. Or, try our fast-growing citrus trees to start growing your citrus fruits in as little as 1-2 years for future citrus cocktails!