**This is sponsored post in partnership with Tropicana Premium Drinks® . All opinions are my own.**
I cannot even believe we are less than a week away from Thanksgiving. I’m not even close to being ready. Things are hectic, as they usually are this time of season but somehow everything always comes together, right?
Knowing that, I’m taking a beat this year to slow down. I’m treating myself and a few friends to this Citrus Rose Sidecar. It’s a sidecar with a twist and bit of elegance. To start, grab some Tropicana® Tangerine Lemonade for the base – it’s unique blend of tangy and sweet citrus juice makes it a great base for this cocktail. The other reason I reach for Tropicana first is because they leave out all the artificial flavors and artificial sweeteners which means a cleaner tasting cocktail and it also allows me to skip the orange liqueur and the simple syrup.
To infuse the cocktail with a floral hint, I added some rose liqueur. You don’t need much just a bit to give this drink some dimension. Admittedly, it’s very feminine, but so delicate and beautifully flavored. To finish the ensemble, I gave the glasses a half rim of sugar and finely crushed edible roses.
It doesn’t take much to make a good cocktail, nor do you need any bartending tricks or know-how to pull off this one. And that is exactly what I need this time of year—easy elegance, because I want to enjoy the holiday gatherings and festivities.
Citrus Rose Sidecar
Yield: 1 Cocktail
- 1 tablespoon fine sugar
- 2 teaspoons finely crushed edible roses
- 4 ounces Tropicana® Tangerine Lemonade
- 2 ounces Cognac
- 1 ounce rose liqueur
- 1 dash of bitters
Spread sugar and finely crushed roses onto a small plate. Rub a lemon wedge halfway around rim of chilled glass. Dip moistened side of glass in sugar blend. Set aside.
In a cocktail shaker, combine TropicanaÒ Tangerine Lemonade, Cognac, rose liqueur and bitters. Add ice and shake vigorously until cocktail is well chilled. Pour into chilled glass and serve.