A tangerine cocktail you ask? Just wait. You’ll love the seasonal tang and sweetness of this libation in no time!
Last year, I did monthly salads as a way to expand my recipe collection for whole grains and veggies in a variety of serving options. This year, I’m challenging myself to a completely different genre – the wonderful world of mixology.
Lots of new restaurants, especially in LA and even when we lived in Oakland, have artisan cocktails with flavors that change with the seasons, mixing flavors together in unexpected ways. And I’m really loving all the sangria recipes I’ve been creating thus far!
And when you use seasonal ingredients, the natural sweetness of the fruits taste so much better than just adding sugar to sweeten a beverage.
I want to use seasonal flavors in my cocktails and what better choice is there than fresh citrus right now, right? Tangerines are sweeter than oranges, so they seemed a great place to start.
I also feel fairly comfortable with using orange juice in a cocktail, so easily swapping out the fresh tangerine juice for the orange juice was a great first step.
The natural sweetness of the tangerines pairs nicely with the stronger whiskey profile, making even non-whiskey lovers a fan of this tangy tangerine cocktail.
Make sure to check out this lengthy list with sustainable whiskey brands to enjoy)! Some of the things distillers are doing these days is AMAZING!!!
I also love adding fresh herbs to cocktails, usually to cut a bit of the sweetness. I made an incredibly simple (hah!) rosemary simple syrup.
The herby sweet liquid adds another level of deliciousness without the overwhelming sugary taste normal simple syrup might provide. This tangerine cocktail is a taste treat sensation for sure!
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TANGERINE COCKTAIL w. ROSEMARY SIMPLE SYRUP
ROSEMARY SIMPLE SYRUP
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 3 sprigs rosemary
WHISKEY AND JUICE COCKTAIL
- 2 parts tangerine juice approx. 3 tangerines per serving
- ½ part rosemary simple syrup
- 1½ parts Whiskey
rosemary simple syrup
- Dissolve sugar into water with 3 rosemary sprigs over medium heat until dissolved (3-4 minutes). Let cool. Remove rosemary sprigs. Chill.
whiskey and juice cocktail
- Combine tangerine juice, rosemary simple syrup, and whiskey. Serve over ice. Garnish with rosemary sprig.