Thursday, January 26, 2012

Winter Sun Cocktail

Here's a little cocktail confection to brighten even the most dreary winter day. Clementine juice and a touch of lemon combine with vodka for a bright and happy drink. A sprig of rosemary adds a whiff of wintry evergreen.

We added some lemon zest to a few tablespoons of sugar to create a citrusy sugared rim. The rosemary is almost entirely for the benefit of your nose (and eyes). I was surprised by how much I enjoyed its herbal, piney scent!
This is one of our favorite cocktail creations. Sweet, tart, a little herbal. It goes down really easy (too easy?) Hmmm... I might need to head to the store for another crate of clementines.
Winter Sun Cocktail
  • juice of 2 clementines (about 1/4 cup)
  • juice of 1/2 small lemon (1/2 oz)
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • sprig of rosemary
  • lemon zest
  • sugar
1. Moisten the rim of your glass with some fruit juice. (The juice helps the sugar to adhere better than water does.) Combine zest and sugar in a shallow bowl or plate. Turn the glass over onto plate and coat with sugar. 2. Fill your glass with ice, and then add juices, triple sec, and vodka. Stir. Garnish with rosemary sprig. (Makes 1.)


23 comments:

  1. Thats so pretty! even if I do have an Australia Day hangover...
    T xx

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    1. ha! Well, I SUPPOSE you're allowed to drink the Winter Sun cocktail even thought it's summer in Australia and you've got a hangover. Hair of the dog? Vitamin C? etc?

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  2. I just have to say that your pictures are beautiful

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  3. Stunning photos... Will be trying this soon. Cheers from dreary NYC ;)

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  4. Good gracious, that first photo is absolutely stunning! Perfect depth of field. I'm pinning it now. Oh and that drink sounds so delicious! I love rosemary with citrus.

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    1. Thank you! And I agree - rosemary with citrus was really delicious; we were surprised by how much we both loved it

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  5. You two have become my new favorite source for cocktail recipes! I can't wait to try this one!

    Gorgeous photos, as usual!

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  6. Refreshingly pretty pictures...I could use a dose of Vitamin C, having it in my cocktail drink is a splendid idea. Thanks for the post! =)

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  7. The touch of rosemary is an unexpected, but brilliant twist! Can't wait to try it out! Our food lovers would LOVE this. We’d love if you’d check it out and contribute! http://bit.ly/yI0sZU Cheers!

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  8. It's pouring with rain here in Winchester, England. Your lovely cocktail brought a bit of sunshine back to our lives. Thank you

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  9. This is just the thing to ring in the New Year! Beautiful pictures as well.

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  10. Looks like something for cool bars in london on a dreary january day (nothing wrong with downing one in the middle of day, right?).

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  11. I just made this and it is delish! Agreed- the photos are stunning. I love a garnish that is just for the nose...

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  12. sounds like something my husband would love. and it's so pretty! thanks!

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  13. Sounds delicious and looks gorgeous. The perfect cocktail!

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  14. This looks so awesome! What a great way to beat the winter blahs. Tomorrow after my run I am picking up some vodka and whipping one of these babies up!

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    1. sounds like a great afternoon - I hope you enjoy the cocktail & your run!

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  15. its really awesome, best i have ever seen with quite a combination of color and theme…. please recommend color scheme for kitchen decoration..

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  16. The sugar lining looks cool and I think it will also add a different taste. The close-up photo looks nice because of sugar and the rosemary.

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  17. I think the sugar here serves as the chaser to the cocktail. It's a good way to present a cocktail it looks unique and more appealing.

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  18. I know it could sound stupid but, its 1/2 oz of vodka or 2/2 oz of vodka?! :S Sorry, just want to make it clear :S

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