In my circle of friends, I’m known as somewhat of a lush. I’m not really quite sure what led to this assertion of my character, but once you catch a label like this it really is hard to shake. But rather than fight my good time Charlie status, I’ve decided to go with the flow and live up to all expectations. To further my drunken career I always keep a well stocked liquor cabinet, ready to pounce whenever cocktail hour rears it’s head. Last week one of my favourite girls about town popped in for for a quick tipple before our dinner plans and I whipped up this little beauty.
If you regularly go to the supermarket you will be well aware that tangerines, mandarins, clementines, satsumas, or baby oranges as I like to call them are feverishly cheap. I got about 12 for 1,000 last week in the reduced section of the Wellbeing mart, where I can often be found foraging for a bargain. Since they were so cheap I got 3 packs and decided to blend them up and make myself some juice. My first thought was to make the fancier cousin of the vodka orange, the vodka tangerine, but I decided to go one step further and make some pomegranate syrup to kick it up a notch.
1 cup sugar
1 cup of water
2 shots of vodka
1/2 a shot of pomegranate syrup
5 shots of tangerine juice
100ml of soda water
1. To make the pomegranate syrup, put the sugar and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil until the sugar dissolves. De-seed the pomegranates then blend them and strain the juice through a sieve and mix with the syrup.
2. Fill the glass with ice, then add the vodka and the pomegranate syrup.
3. Carefully add the tangerine juice by slowly pouring it down the side of the glass.
4. Top off the drink with soda water and a slice of tangerine for decoration and enjoy.