In case you missed our post a couple months back, we thought we’d mention one of our favorite unique fruits – calamansi. Last time we mentioned some unusual uses for this little fruit, such as covering the odor of fish, getting rid of scars and zits, removing dandruff, and using it as a disinfectant. This sweet bitter fruit serves as a great source of vitamin C, Iron, Calcium and Phosphorus. In case you’re discovering calamansi for the first time, Calamansi are small citrus fruits native to the Philippines that have a sweet bitter taste. Like lemons in the United States, calamansi are juiced for a refreshing cool drink in the hot months.
Even in the cold months, we’re fans of a cool, refreshing cocktail. Upon doing a little research, we discovered that calamansi juice can make great cocktails! If you can’t find fresh calamansi, you can find concentrate here. There's something about making cocktails at home on a cold Friday night that can be such a fun alternative to going out. You can alter the recipes however you want, and no waiting to order at the bar! Don't be intimidated by making cocktails at home, it's very simple.
Here are 2 cocktail recipes that we’re going to try tonight!
Calamansi Whiskey Cocktail
* Makes 2 drinks
6 oz whiskey
Juice of 2-3 calamansi
1 tablespoon honey
Frozen citrus halves for garnish
(Instructions follow the cocktail recipe)
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker (minus the ice) and stir to dissolve the honey. Add the ice…. Shake, pour, and drink.
Frozen citrus halves: Cut your calamansi in half or into quarters (for larger citrus you may need to go even smaller to make sure they fit in the glass you are using). Wrap the citrus in saran wrap and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours and up to 8. When you are making the drink, unwrap them and garnish your drink! They also make great ice cubes to fancy up your ice water.
2 oz Vodka
8 oz Calamansi juice
1 rock of sugar
small sliver of fresh ginger or candied ginger
Sprig of mint.
In a shaker add vodka, Calamansi juice, sugar and crushed ginger, add ice and shake. Dip rim of martini glass in water and dip in sugar. Strain into a martini, add a splash of cranberry juice and add the intact rock sugar as garnish along with a sprig of mint.