Just when Mother Nature hits us with her chilliest temperatures, she also, fortunately, provides us with some of her tastiest and juiciest produce.
Right now there is an amazing variety of citrus fruits on store shelves, including ripe clementines, blood oranges and grapefruit, all of which are a welcome addition to the cold-weather mixological pantry.
Use these sweet-and-tart treats to create refreshing drinks with a summery flavor. Check out celebrity chef and mixologist Kathy Casey's winter-citrus guide, and then read on for some of our favorite fruity January cocktails.
The classic Negroni is a bartender favorite and an ideal pre-meal tipple, but some, unfortunately, find its bracingly bitter flavor overwhelming. If that's the case, make this variation, which adds a touch of grapefruit sweetness. View recipe: Grapefruit Negroni
Supermarkets are overflowing with seedless, easy-to-peel clementines right now. Here's a drink using them that's fantastic for brunch or for an elegant evening party. It combines the sweet fruit with refreshing gin, plus a splash of Champagne. View recipe: My Funny Clementine
Incorporating two trendy ingredients -- smoky mezcal and the bitter digestif amaro -- this punch will impress all your cocktail-geek friends. It compliments those spirits with delicious grapefruit juice and a good measure of spicy, bubbly ginger beer. View recipe: The Oaxacan Punch
Blood orange is one of our favorite fruits and lends brilliant color to any tipple. Here its vibrant juice is mixed with two traditional French products: Dubonnet and citrusy Grand Marnier. View recipe: Riviera
Grapefruit's not just for breakfast anymore. This complex drink pairs it with vodka and the herbal liqueur Bénédictine for a sophisticated twist on the classic Greyhound. View recipe: Greyhound's Tooth
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