This one isn’t a classic yet, but we’re betting it will be before long. It was created to bring a little sunshine into your life on those long winter evenings, and contains a healthy serving of vitamin C as a bonus.
The clementine is a hybrid between a mandarin and a sweet orange. The peel is a deeper colour than that of a regular orange, and easier to remove. It is also a seedless fruit. The sweet juice of a ripe clementine makes it ideal for fruity cocktails like the Winter Sun, and is also features in tropical variations of the Margarita and even the standard Martini.
Clementines tend to fill the produce aisles over the Christmas season, but are usually gone by mid-February. For that reason, clementine cocktails are usually associated with Christmas in the northern hemisphere. It’s a definite change from the season’s usual eggnog drinks, and a lovely cocktail to serve before dinner if you’re entertaining for the holidays.
For those who’s culinary skills begin and end at the bar, zest is simply very finely grated citrus peel. You should always use fresh lemon juice when it’s called for in a drinks recipe, so save a bit of the peel to grate after you’ve finished squeezing your fruit. You’re going to need it to rim the glass of your Winter Sun.
Here’s your cheery Winter Sun recipe:
- 45ml Vodka
- 15ml Triple Sec
- 60ml Clementine juice
- 15ml Lemon juice
- Lemon zest
- Sprig of Rosemary to garnish
- Wet the rim of a rocks glass with a piece of lemon.
- Dip the glass in a dish of sugar mixed with lemon zest.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Add all ingredients and stir gently.
- Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
- Rocks glass.