Fresh Citrus Cocktails

A boon to winter cocktails, fresh citrus juice of all varieties brightens and sweetens everything from brown derby cocktails to Hemingway's classic daiquiri.

Gin Campari Sour
Gin Campari Sour
Sometimes we like cocktails to have a bit of an aggressive bite; other times, we're looking to round them out a bit. Gin, Campari, and lemon are three ingredients that pair beautifully, but all have their sharp edges. Adding an egg white helps mellow and integrate these flavors without muting them, while also contributing a silky texture and an opacity that's quite elegant in a vividly colored drink. Get the recipe for Gin Campari Sour »Matt Taylor-Gross
Extra-Orange Old Fashioned
Oleo Saccharum Old Fashioned
Oleo saccharum sweetens this riff on the classic whisky cocktail, amplifying the citrus punch without clouding the drink with unnecessary juice.Matt Taylor-Gross
Bee's Knees
Bee's Knees
This cocktail, a gin sour that's believed to have been created around that time, used lemon and honey to mask the harsh smell of bathtub gin. If your guest wants something refreshing with gin, look no further. Get the recipe for Bee's Knees »Matt Taylor-Gross
Michelada Bloody Mary
Michelada Bloody Mary
Chef Rick Bayless suggested this recipe for a bloody mary made with beer, citrus, and tequila. Get the recipe for Michelada Bloody Mary »Michael Kraus
Cuba Kola
Cuba Kola
We based this rum cocktail on one from Ray Buhen's Tiki-Ti, a Los Angeles bar that opened in 1961. Get the recipe for Cuba Kola »Ariana Lindquist
Cayo Romano Cocktail
Cayo Romano Cocktail
Freshly grated nutmeg rounds out the flavor of this shaken rum-and-citrus juice cocktail. Get the recipe for Cayo Romano Cocktail »Todd Coleman
Paloma
Paloma
One of Mexico's most popular cocktails, the Paloma is a perfectly refreshing combination of sweet and tart with grapefruit, lime, and a pinch of salt. See the recipe for Paloma »Maxime Iattoni
Maple Rye Sour
Maple rye sour cocktail
Forget the sours of your teenage years; this sophisticated update uses maple syrup to temper rye whiskey, with fresh lemon and orange juices to brighten things up. Maple Rye Sour »Khushbu Shah
Ginger Gold Rush
Ginger Gold Rush
This twist on the Gold Rush substitutes honey for ginger liqueur. Ginger Gold Rush »Maxime Iattoni
Dubbonet a L'Orange
Dubbonet a L'Orange
This refreshing, tall drink marries the quinine-fortified aperitif Dubonnet with zesty fresh orange juice. Dubbonet a L'Orange »Anna Stockwell
Lemon Lavender Fizz
Lemon Lavender Fizz
The juniper-scented undertones of gin play off nicely against the sweetness of a lavender simple syrup. Stirred with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and topped with club soda, it's a perfect springtime drink. Lemon Lavender Fizz »Maxime Iattoni
Balaton
Balaton
This bright, citrusy cocktail features Zwack, a sweet-bitter Hungarian liqueur with a pronounced herbal note. The drink is named for Lake Balaton, a popular vacationing spot in Hungary. See the recipe for the Balaton cocktail »Helen Rosner
Lemon Basil Blossom Cocktail
Lemon Basil Blossom Cocktail
White rum combined with the juice of half a lemon and muddled lemon basil makes for a drink that's sure to please everyone: not too sweet and not too strong, it's a perfect beginning to any summer night. If you don't have lemon basil, a fragrant herb often used in Indonesian cookery, substitute conventional basil and a few drops of lemon oil. See the recipe for Lemon Basil Blossom Cocktail »Anna Stockwell
The Dalmatian
The Dalmatian
Coral-pink and slightly opaque, this cocktail looks demure, but it packs serious heat: bitter and sweet, earthy and deep, with a slow, lingering burn from the vodka and pepper. See the recipe for The Dalmatian »MacKenzie Smith
The Zombie
Zombie
Donn Beach, the founding father of tiki bars and restaurants, set a limit of two per customer for this potent drink made with three kinds of rum, citrus, and spice. See the recipe for The Zombie »Todd Coleman
Pisco Sour Slushy
Pisco Sour Slushy
A classic Peruvian cocktail gets the freezer treatment. Made with the South American grape brandy that's popular in Chile and Peru, the pisco sour makes for a salty, sweet, tart, and beautiful sorbet. See the recipe for Pisco Sour Slushy »Anna Stockwell
Brown Derby
Brown Derby
Named for the famous hat-shaped restaurant, this simple cocktail of bourbon and grapefruit was the signature drink at LA's 1930s Vendome Club. See the recipe for Brown Derby »Todd Coleman
The French Blonde
The French Blonde
In this cocktail, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice rounds out Lillet's inherent bite, creating a sweet, citrusy drink that's perfect for brightening up cold weather. See the recipe for The French Blonde »Helen Rosner
Kaffir Lime Sour with Ginger
Kaffir Lime Sour with Ginger
This tart, spiced cocktail, the winner of our 2011 Home Cook Challenge Cocktail contest, was inspired by a cocktail that winner Mo Lyon sampled at Seattle's now-closed Licorous. It's Thai-inspired flavors pair beautifully with Southeast Asian food; it's also perfect on its own as an afternoon sipper. Kaffir Lime Sour with Ginger »Anna Stockwell
Lady Shirley
Lady Shirley
Bourbon mixed with lemon juice, grenadine, and splash of soda gives the classic Shirley Temple a decidedly grown-up twist. See the recipe for the Lady Shirley »MacKenzie Smith
The Last Word
The Last Word
Equal parts gin, chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and fresh lime juice, this is an old-fashioned cocktail that feels awfully modern. The Last Word »Todd Coleman
Tiki Bandit
Tiki Bandit
This version of a classic tiki drink mixes two kinds of rum with a variety of fruit juices and syrups. Tiki Bandit »Todd Coleman
Tangerine Mint Sparkling Margarita
Tangerine Mint Sparkling Margarita
This citrusy margarita from chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger is brightened with a hint of refreshing mint. Tangerine Mint Sparkling Margarita »Anna Stockwell
Punch Romaine
Punch Romaine
Punch Romaine, a rum-spiked shaved-ice palate cleanser served to first class passengers during the fateful last dinner aboard the Titanic on April 14th, 1912, was based on a recipe from famed French chef Georges Auguste Escoffier, who championed alcoholic shaved ices during the early twentieth century. The original recipe, essentially a granita, is updated here as a drinkable, citrusy cocktail poured over an iceberg of crushed ice. Punch Romaine »Todd Coleman
Santorini Sunrise
Santorini Sunrise
The recipe for this Mediterranean take on the Tequila Sunrise comes to us from the New York City restaurant Molyvos. Try using a Greek honey infused with thyme or rosemary for a more pronounced floral sweetness, or swap out the vodka for ouzo for an intoxicating punch of licorice flavor. Santorini Sunrise »Todd Coleman
The Moonwalk
The Moonwalk
Joe Gilmore, legendary Head Barman at the Savoy Hotel's American Bar, invented this cocktail in 1969 to commemorate the first moon landing. The drink—a combination of grapefruit, orange liqueur, and a hint of rosewater, topped with Champagne—was the first thing Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin sipped upon returning to earth. The Moonwalk »Helen Rosner
Spicy Shiso Smash
Spicy Shiso Smash
Shiso leaves muddled with spicy Thai red chile and slices of cooling cucumber make for a refreshing and festive cocktail. Spicy Shiso Smash »Maxime Iattoni
Citrus SAVEUR
Citrus SAVEUR
Created by 2012 SAVEUR Best Food Blog Awards Best Cocktail Blog winner, Jordan Catapano of This Girl Walks Into a Bar, the Citrus SAVEUR is a punch-like drink that pairs white corn whiskey with grapefruit juice, mint simple syrup, and homemade sweet and sour. Get the recipe for Citrus SAVEUR »Helen Rosner
Arak and Grapefruit
Arak and Grapefruit
In parts of the Middle East, a bracing blend of arak (a grape-derived, unsweetened, anise-flavored liquor) and fresh grapefruit juice is a popular refresher. Arak can be found in the United States but is not always available; ouzo makes a fine substitute. Arak and Grapefruit »Todd Coleman
The Swedish Vampire
The Swedish Vampire
Aquavit combined with fresh citrus, tomato juice, Tabasco, and brisk Perrier Lemon makes a fruity-fresh, bloody good concoction. The Swedish Vampire »Anna Stockwell
The New Airline
The New Airline
Cool, mild cucumber and sweet elderflower liqueur echo gin's floral notes in this cocktail, served at Atmosphere, the bar on the top floor of the tallest building in Beijing. With notes of apple, lime, and a bit of heat from fresh ginger, it has an effect talmost like a spa in a glass. The New Airline »Maxime Iattoni
Melisse Whiskey Sour
Melisse Whiskey Sour
Made with Buffalo Trace bourbon and fresh lemon, the Melisse Whiskey Sour is delicate and floral, a perfect balance of tart and sweet, with subtle vanilla notes and a sumptuous, meringue-like pillow of foam on top. Melisse Whiskey Sour »Helen Rosner
Blood and Sand
Blood and Sand cocktail
Scotch, Cherry Heering, vermouth, and orange juice create a smoky-sweet effect, equally good topped with extra juice and served for brunch. See the recipe for Blood and Sand »Maxime Iattoni
Slick Rick
Slick Rick Cocktail
Bartender John Maher of The Rogue Gentlemen in Richmond, Virginia, likes to incorporate savory ingredients into his drinks. In this sour, he pairs gin with an olive oil that has grassy, fruity notes. See the recipe for Slick Rick »Matt Taylor-Gross
White Wine Punch
White Wine Punch
This festive, fuss-free punch recipe can be made year-round using seasonal fruit. See the recipe for White Wine Punch »Anna Stockwell
Harvey Wallbanger
Harvey Wallbanger
Galliano liqueur gives this vodka and orange juice cocktail an herbal bite. See the recipe for Harvey Wallbanger »Helen Rosner
The Big Red
The Big Red
Grapefruit juice and cinnamon-infused syrup bring bright, spicy balance to the wallop of navy-strength gin, a variety with an extra-high alcohol content. See the recipe for The Big Red »Todd Coleman
Baltimore Bang
Baltimore Bang
This stiff take on a whiskey sour is traditionally made with apricot brandy, but cognac is a less-sweet alternative. See the recipe for Baltimore Bang »Todd Coleman
The Whiskey Seduction
The Whiskey Seduction
This magenta-hued whiskey cocktail, inspired by a recipe from mixologist Cory Cuff of Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, pairs slightly spicy rye whiskey with the rich, fruity flavors of red wine and blackcurrant liqueur, brightened by a touch of freshly squeezed lemon juice. See the recipe for The Whiskey Seduction »Solomon Oh
Kumquat Rose
Kumquat Rose Cocktail
A recipe for kumquat-infused gin from Matt Lee and Ted Lee's cookbook The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen inspired this cocktail: the kumquat's sweet-tart flavor is perfectly balanced by the herbaceous complexity of Lillet Rose. See the recipe for Kumquat Rose »Helen Rosner
New York Cocktail
New York Cocktail
This drink is one of our favorites to make with Rittenhouse rye whiskey. See the recipe for New York Cocktail »Todd Coleman
Caipirinha
Caipirinha
Some Brazilians substitute vodka for the fiery cachaça--sugarcane brandy--in this classic drink and call the result a caipiroska. See the recipe for Caipirinha »Tuca Reines
Tante Marie Fizz
Tante Marie Fizz
Since Whitley Neill gin gets its signature tanginess in part from the fruit of the African baobab tree, this sweet, sour, and spicy apéritif takes its name from a song by Senegal's legendary Orchestra Baobab. See the recipe for Tante Marie Fizz »Andre Baranowski
Gooney Goo-Goo
Gooney Goo-Goo
The flavors of ruby port and cognac grow even more profound when fired up in this orange juice-laced drink. See the recipe for Gooney Goo-Goo »Todd Coleman
Arnaud's French 75
French 75
This elegant libation of cognac, lemon, and champagne is served at the historic bar attached to Arnaud's restaurant, which dates to the late 1800s. See the recipe for Arnaud's French 75 »Todd Coleman
Derby Daiquiri
Derby Daiquiri
This bright, citrusy drink is from Fort Lauderdale's Mai-Kai. See the recipe for Derby Daiquiri »Michael Kraus
Hemingway Special
Hemingway Special
At Havana, Cuba's El Floridita bar, this daiquiri was a usual order of author Ernest Hemingway. See the recipe for Hemingway Special »Michael Kraus
Corpse Reviver No. 2
Corpse Reviver No. 2
Popularized by the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock, this classic cocktail is part of a succession of "Corpse Revivers" originally devised as a hangover cure. An ice-cold nip of this elixir is refreshing, astringent, and strong enough to perk up the senses. See the recipe for Corpse Reviver No. 2 »Helen Rosner
Frozen Limeade Margarita
Frozen Limeade Margarita
Canned frozen limeade intensifies the citrus flavor of this slushy Mexican-inspired libation. See the recipe for Frozen Limeade Margarita »Todd Coleman
Infamous Wisdom
Infamous Wisdom
Bright citrus juice and citrus bitters, apple brandy, cherry-flavored liqueur, and bittersweet amaro add layers of complexity to this whiskey drink. See the recipe for Infamous Wisdom »Penny De Los Santos
South Shore Sangria
South Shore Sangria
Like an adult version of Hawaiian Punch, this cocktail is a balance of sweet liqueurs, fruit juices, and red wine. See the recipe for South Shore Sangria »Michael Kraus
Modern Royale
Modern Royale Cocktail
A combination of vodka, elderflower liqueur, and fresh citrus juices topped with bubbly makes an exceptionally refreshing cocktail. See the recipe for Modern Royale »Laura Sant
Adriatique
Adriatique cocktail
Amaro Montenegro carries flavors of bright orange and cedar that make it a natural for mixing into citrusy cocktails like this one with Aperol and fresh orange juice, from Jackson Cannon of Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston. See the recipe for Adriatique »Helen Rosner