Winter’s Citrus, Double Tangerine Cocktail

by on December 26, 2010

We’ve been pounced with rain for well over a week now. The unforgiving rain turned our roads into raging rivers and the dark clouds shut out the sun for about 5 days straight. That’s a rarity in Southern California, to not see the sun for so long. Now we know what the rest of the country feels like! Yes, we’re spoiled.

The only ones in our household really complaining about all the water are our dogs, who get limited outdoor romp time. Dante & Sierra practically have to be forced to go outside to do their duty. We won’t be surprised if they get bladder infections. Ha, they’re wimpy city dogs.

All our lettuce and green seedlings are living it up with all the extra water. And our fruit trees LOVE all this water. After the rains, all the citrus trees seem to get a huge growth spurt and new flowers start to appear. Rain water is like crack for them, not to mention a nice, needed shower.

Our Fremont Tangerine (mandarin) tree is starting to explode with color. During the fall, the all the green fruit dotting practically every inch of the branches were camouflaged amongst all the leaves. But recently after all the rains and a few moments of bright sunshine, the fruit are quickly turning color to a fantastic orange hue.

Some areas get snowballs this time of year, we get tangerines.

Post rain fruit is always spectacular and terrifically sweet. It’s a tradition for us to run outside and eat the deepest colored citrus. The fresh, bright, addicting sweet-tangy flavors are the best reward after being cooped up in the house during rain.

Here’s one of our favorite cocktails to make with the tangerines, simply named Double Tangerine. It’s always a toss up whether to make this cocktail or a Kentucky Sidecar.  This one is heavier on the tangerine and the Kentucky Sidecar has a nice kick with the whiskey.

-Todd & Diane

Double Tangerine Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail

Total Time: 5 minutes

We usually make this with a ginger simple syrup (slices of fresh ginger infused into the batch of simple syrup) but it is quite good with a regular simple syrup. Adjust the simple syrup quantity to taste and by the sweetness of the tangerines.


  • 3 oz (@2 tangerines) fresh Tangerine Juice
  • 1/2 oz (@1/4 lemon) fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Ginger Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz Cognac
  • superfine sugar for coating rim (optional)


  1. Rub the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with a tangerine wedge & sugar the rim.
  2. Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, then shake it with passion for 15-20 seconds.  Strain into your cocktail glass.  Garnish with a tangerine twist, or for a sexy addition drop a few raspberries into the cocktail glass.
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1 Dinners & Dreams December 26, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I love tangerines as is but I think I will love them more in a sidecar. Totally!



2 sara December 26, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Mmmm, this looks really delicious and the photos are gorgeous! Yum. :)


3 RamyaRaj December 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Diane & Todd, you have got a picture perfect fresh citrus from your backyard at this time of the year. Enjoy!! Those are very beautiful photos! 5 days of rain is a bless compared to -20 deg and 3 feets of snow!!


4 Jessica @ How Sweet December 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I love that it is citrus season… and even more so that you made a cocktail!


5 Lisa@ The Cutting Edge of Ordinary December 27, 2010 at 5:33 am

That looks like it could be a breakfast cocktail!! That’s what I’m dreaming in my head anyway on this snowy morning in RI. We have about a foot on snow on the ground. I think a few of those cocktails would make me forget all about the snow, lol!


6 Victoria December 27, 2010 at 6:52 am

We have 20 inches already, and it’s still snowing. This bright spot of sunshine is soooo appealing. Tangerine is my favorite citrus so this looks delicious to me. There used to be a tangerine/cognac – sort of like Grand Marnier is cognac and orange. I think it was called Mandarine, but I haven’t seen it in years. I should be able to get my hands on some good tangerines when we get back to the city; perhaps this will be my 2011 WORC drink. But that might be cheating on the Sidecare Fizz. Happy New Year.


7 bunkycooks December 27, 2010 at 7:07 am

I’d take those gorgeous tangerines to snowballs any day of the week! The photos are beautious and have me dreaming of warm temps and sunny days while we are at 20 degrees in Atlanta this morning.


8 nicole December 27, 2010 at 8:09 am

that looks so good. my boyfriend just brought home quite a few. time for drinks!


9 Sharlene December 27, 2010 at 11:26 am

I’m quite jealous of your tangerines! They look so beautiful and delicious. Currently I’m in a love/hate relationship with the blizzard we had in the Northeast. Love the look, hate the shoveling.


10 Shaina December 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I love the idea of a ginger simple syrup. The tangerines look absolutely gorgeous all dripping wet on the tree. Glad to hear your sun is returning!


11 Sues December 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Perfect winter cocktail!! I might have to make this for a New Year’s celebration :)


12 Kim December 27, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Hi guys! Our weimaraner (Britta) is a wimp, too. She REFUSES to pee in the rain!!! We’re trying to offset bladder infection by slipping her cranberries. True story.

Both of our mandarin trees are bursting with fruit. We can’t use them fast enough. And we’d trade ya for some of your blood oranges, but it appears you’ve got plenty of your own.

Your cocktail looks delicious. There’s cognac in the kitchen… Ginger in the fridge… I’m done with work for the day… It’s almost 5 o’clock…

ta ta.



13 Lisa Shenk December 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Yuuuuummmm! And here I sit in brown/cold Kansas!! Can you box some of those up and send me some??!!


14 Gosia December 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I just can’t thank you enough for the on-going inspiration. Both your recipes and the images are the absolute treat for me. I’ve tried many of your dishes and have never been disappointed, but the joy that I get from deciding which of your spectacular shots is my favourite is the continuous highlight of each and every visit to whiteonricecouple. Today, is the image #3. Love the contrasts, adore the yumminess of the tangerines. You have such talent! I can’t think of anything more I want for you and from you in the New Year – continue with your super fresh approach to food, your garden being your unwavering motivation, and please, keep taking these amazing shots. Wishing you love and joy!


15 sally December 28, 2010 at 8:27 am

So jealous of all of your citrus trees! I would love to make a Double Tangerine with fruit from my backyard! For now I’ll just have to hunt down some tangerines at the farmers market. Thanks for the inspiration!


16 Cookin' Canuck December 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

Those tangerines are gorgeous and drinking this cocktail sounds like a great way to wile away a rainy day. We’re in the L.A. area right now and my in-law’s orange and meyer lemon trees seem to be enjoying the rain, too.


17 Deanna December 28, 2010 at 9:17 am

Oh that Tangerine Sidecar sounds amazing. Too bad all my fruit trees got cut down when we remodeled. Someday they’ll get reprinted. I saw your recipe in Sunset, it too sounds amazing and I don’t normally like tofu very much.


18 Tokyo Terrace December 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I love this cocktail- it’s fresh and bright but still has plenty of weight behind it. Perfect for this time of year! The photo at the top is just breathtaking! The other day I made a cocktail similar to this with the syrup remains of some candied kumquats. That with a little fresh squeezed juice was just perfect. Beautiful work!


19 Priscilla - She's Cookin' December 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I’ll take a tangerine over snowballs and days of rain over a blizzard any day! Love citrus in my cocktails and during tangerine season I switch from Lemon Drops to what I call a Tangerine Tease! Maybe I’ll change up my vodka with some cognac this NYE. Wishing you two a happy and healthy 2011!


20 justcooknyc December 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm

i really can’t believe you two grow stuff like this in your yard… especially while we’ve been pounded with snow this week in nyc. hope you’re having a great holiday season.


21 Debi (Table Talk) December 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Well if that briliant orange color doesn’t turn the gray skies blue, I don’t know what will!


22 The Italian Dish December 30, 2010 at 4:51 am

You Californians are just TOO lucky! Beautiful.


23 marla {family fresh cooking} December 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Those juicy tangerines are looking mighty tasty! Like your sexy additon of ruby red raspberries :)
Hope your pups don’t get bladder infections – that would suck.


24 Louise Mellor December 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

been toying around with winter citrus ideas… lovely color on the tangerine- the honey tangeringes are just delicious right now!


25 val January 7, 2011 at 11:21 am

Your blog is visually stunning!!!!


26 Peggy January 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

This drink sounds so delicious! Those tangerines are absolutely beautiful and gorgeously photographed!


27 Gourmantine January 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I’ve made this today for aperitif in a dinner party, it went down a treat! Used just simple syrup without ginger, but will definitely add it next time for an extra kick. Great recipe! :)


28 White on Rice Couple January 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Fantastic. It is one of my favorite cocktails. We can’t wait for our tangerines to finish ripening on the tree to start making these again. So glad everyone like it!



29 AnnaBell November 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I found this while looking for a use for some tangerines that were too seedy to eat out of hand. I changed it to suit the ingredients I had on hand: I used lime juice instead of lemon, used simple syrup leftover from making candied ginger and citrus peel, and used Hendricks instead of cognac. Delicious! I think it would be fabulous with just about any liquor.


30 White on Rice Couple November 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

That sounds awesome. Great gin choice too. Love Hendricks!


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