Back in December, we made Candied Citrus Peels and they essentially changed life as we know it. They are an amazing gift, portable, last a long time (I’m still enjoying one of our batches!) and taste freaking amazing. Oh, and you are also left with this ridiculous citrus simple syrup once you are done making the peels. Heaven knows we can’t let that go to waste!
So, what do we do? Make Cocktails with the leftover juice from the citrus AND use our leftover simple syrup!
The result is awesomeness. Using citrus vodka, you can hardly tell this in an alcoholic beverage. Always dangerous, always delicious.
Of course, you don’t have to make candied citrus peels in order to have this drink. There are many variations, you can buy the juice at the store if you don’t feel like juicing the citrus or fresh squeezing, and you can make your own citrus simple syrup. Regular vodka or gin are also options here.
Cheers to being resourceful! And to delicious citrus cocktails!
Juice of a Few Flowers
adapted from Ina Garten’s Back To Basics Cookbook
Makes 4 Drinks
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice (1 grapefruit)
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (2 limes)
- 1/4 cup citrus simple syrup (optional, recipe follows)
- 1 cup citrus vodka (you can also use regular vodka, or gin)
- Extra lemon juice
- Granulated sugar
- Fresh mint sprigs
Combine the orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and vodka in a pitcher. Stir to combine. Dip the rim of 6 martini glasses first in a dish with lemon juice and then a dish with sugar. Set aside to dry.
When ready to serve, place ice cubes in a cocktail shaker, add the cocktail mixture to fill the shaker 3/4 full, and shake for about 30 seconds. Pour into the sugared martini glasses and garnish with a sprig of mint. Continue filling the shaker with ice and cocktail mixture until all the drinks are poured. Serve ice cold. Alternatively, you can forego the shaker and fancy glasses altogether, and serve this drink on the rocks, straight from the pitcher.
Notes: The lazy man’s version of this drink would be buying the juices from the store. If you go this route, you can forego the citrus simple syrup altogether since store-bought juices are typically sweeter than fresh-squeezed.
If you want to use a citrus syrup, but didn’t make citrus peels, here’s a basic recipe:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup water
- zest from lemon
Heat sugar, zest, and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil. Pour through a fine sieve into a medium bowl; discard solids. Let cool completely. Stir in lemon juice. Syrup can be refrigerated, airtight, up to 1 month.