5 Cocktail Recipes Using Homegrown Citrus

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 9/25/15, 10:23 AM
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Let’s face it. There are things in this world that we all disagree about. However, without question, we can all agree that food and drinks taste a million times better when fresh. Ok, maybe not a million times better, but nothing beats fresh bread, fresh fish, and even fresh cocktails. Mixing up cocktails with fresh fruit is a major benefit to owning a citrus tree. Whenever you need a lemon, lime, grapefruit, or orange the fruit is literally on your yard waiting to be picked. Below are five delicious cocktails that taste amazing with fruit from your citrus trees.

Spiced Citrus Bourbon
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsps iced tea (instant, like Lipton, powdered)
  • 12 ozs orange juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 12 ozs lemonade (freshly squeezed)
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey
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Clementine Cocktail
  • 2 ozs vodka
  • 2 ozs clementine juice (freshly squeezed.
    DO NOT throw away the peels)
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Clementine sections (for garnish)
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Pink Greyhound
  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Ice
  • 2 ozs vodka
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup (rosemary)
  • 4 ozs pink grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Twists
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Vodka Lemonade Drink
  • 11/2 ozs vodka (or citrus vodka)
  • 8 ozs lemonade (freshly squeezed)
  • Lemon slices
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Mango Citrus Cooler
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1/3 cup mango (diced and frozen)
  • 1/2 lime (juiced freshly squeezed)
  • 1/2 tsp light lemonade 
  • 11/2 ozs vodka
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Enjoy all these tasty cocktails and remember to drink responsibly and obey all drinking laws. All the recipes listed above make for great non-alcoholic drinks too. Just substitute your favorite seltzer water or flavored water. If your landscape is lacking citrus trees, stop by one of our 4 HUGE Moon Valley Nurseries locations in Houston. Our experts can help you pick out the best citrus trees for your landscape. Remember, the fall season is the best time to plant. All trees and shrubs planted now will have enough time to establish their root system before the spring. Once the spring arrives, your newly planted tree or shrub can focus its energy on its top growth. 

Topics: Insider, Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees