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Citrus Kiss

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker
Yield Makes 1 mocktail
Time: 10 minutes. Sweet and tangy and sure to please the sidecar-loving crowd.


  • 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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.

  3. Note: Nutritional analysis is per mocktail.

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

  5. 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.)

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

  7. 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.

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

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

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

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