Citrus Kiss

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker
Time: 10 minutes. Sweet and tangy and sure to please the sidecar-loving crowd.

Yield:

Makes 1 mocktail

Recipe from

Nutritional Information

Calories 159
Caloriesfromfat 0.6 %
Protein 0.2 g
Fat 0.1 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 42 g
Fiber 0.1 g
Sodium 23 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg

Ingredients

About 2 tbsp. superfine sugar (see
Wedge of lemon or lime
1 cup ice
1/3 cup blood orange sparkling cider
1 tablespoon mandarin orange or tangerine juice
2 tablespoons Lemon-Lime Juice (see
2 tablespoons Simple Syrup (see

Preparation

1. Put sugar on a plate. Run a lemon or lime wedge around the rim of a martini glass to wet it, then twist rim in sugar.

2. Put remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake until cold, about 1 minute. Strain drink into prepared glass.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per mocktail.

Bar Essentials: Have these on hand for mixing great mocktails.

Simple Syrup: Equal parts sugar and water, heated until the sugar dissolves. (Your yield will be the same as the amount of water you use.)

Lemon-Lime Juice: Equal parts freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, for adding acidity in a flash.

Fresh Lemons, Limes, and Oranges: To make juice, wedges for squeezing or moistening the rim of a glass, or twists of zest for extra citrus aroma.

Superfine Sugar: Dissolves easily and makes a nice garnish on the rim of a glass.

Fresh Herbs: Basil, mint, and tarragon add complexity, texture, and visual appeal.

Purchased Ice: For a big party, it's hard to make enough ice at home. Besides cooling, ice helps blend flavors in the shaker.

Note:

Lucy Brennan,

820, Portland, OR,

December 2008