Can we get some cheers for citrus season? Out of all the fruit seasons of the year, this is one that I do not cheat on (minus lemons and limes, because you can good ones year one). I’ll go ahead and have so-so berries in the off-season if I’m out, or they appear on a breakfast plate, and the same goes with melon.
Citrus fruits, though? No - those are solely reserved for the winter months because nothing makes up for a bland-tasting orange.
Although when I say citrus, I’m talking way beyond your standard juice orange. Tangerines, Satsumas, Clementines, Cara Caras, Blood Oranges, Grapefruits, Meyer lemons, Tangelos… okay, I could go on and list them all, but I won’t. I sort of did, but I’ll stop – really!
I buy so many that I generally have hardly any room left in my refrigerator for much else. Obviously I love to snack on them, but my real love goes for cocktail-making. There is no substitute for fresh juice, and you can’t beat the color of a freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit or blood orange.
Plus, I can’t think of a spirit that all those fruits I just listed doesn’t go with. We all know the one thing that helps get you through a long hard winter is a bright and colorful drink, and this smash does just that.
I honestly don’t think it’s possible to be sad with a bourbon smash in hand. Filled with fresh juice and plenty of mint the aroma draws you in after that is the bright orange and stark green color. The only problem I ever see is how quickly this drink disappears. Good thing I have plenty of citrus on hand to mix up another!