Wet Bar Wednesday – Orange Drop


I posted almost two years ago a recipe for the Lemon Drop. The Lemon Drop doesn’t get much publicity – most of my bartending recipe books don’t include it for some reason.  But I enjoy making it for people and invariably they are pleased, particularly if they aren’t fond of overly sweet drinks.

Blessed with an abundance of oranges, I decided to vary this a bit to create something I haven’t heard of personally before.  I’m calling it, originally enough, the Orange Drop.

  • 1 part vodka
  • 2 parts orange juice (freshly squeezed if possible!)
  • 1 part orange liquor (Solerno, Cointreau, Gran Marnier, or even a basic triple sec would work)
  • 1 clementine (sometimes called cuties) orange, peeled and divided into segments for garnish

If you’re using fresh-squeezed orange juice for this, before you squeeze the orange (but after you’ve sliced it in half) run the rim of the glass around the flesh of the orange to moisten the glass.  Then dip the rim of the glass in sugar (You may opt not to do this – it’s important for a lemon drop to help counter the sourness of the lemon, but the orange isn’t sour.  However I still think it’s a nice touch!).

Combine the first three ingredients in a shaker with some ice.  Shake vigorously to combine and to chill.  Place the clementine segments in the bottom of the glass and then strain the chilled liquid ingredients into the glass.  I use a margarita glass for this drink, but a martini glass would be a more elegant choice.  Enjoy!




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